You might say writer-director Gerard Allessandrini suffers from a Peter Pan complex, or that he never quite managed to mature beyond high school, forever prone to bouts of sophomoric humor and high jinks.
Then again, there are probably very few jobs that are more enjoyable than poking fun at some of America's most popular stars and shows - something Allessandrini has been able to do for the past 20 years by constantly updating and revising "Forbidden Broadway," an Off-Broadway comic musical revue based on the American entertainment industry and society at large.
"Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act!" is among his latest spoofs. The fast-pased 90-minute musical revue is a direct response both to the Disneyfication of the Great White Way and to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's anti-smut campaigns during the late 1990s. (The play opens with the lascivious emcee from "Cabaret" being hounded by a puritanical mayor, who issues a decree that the show may not be staged within 60 feet of a church or public school.)
This particular homage to Broadway also includes some rather wicked, but good-natured parodies of "The Lion King," "Chicago," "Ragtime," "Cats," "Les Miserables," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Miss Saigon," "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Sound of Music" and "Annie," featuring an adult Andrea McCardle singing "I'm 30 years old tomorrow/And I haven't worked/Since I played "Annie'/When I was 10."
The show comes to Rockwell Hall Auditorium at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., at 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $28, and available at the box office. For more information, call 878-3005.