(Ben Brantley's article appeared in The New York Times, 9/8.)

Pssst. Hey, buddy. Yeah, you with the double-breasted pinstripes and the clueless expression. You in the market for the ultimate cheat sheet on Broadway musicals? You know, something that’ll let you join the conversation and sound supersmart when your girlfriend (oh, sorry, dude, boyfriend) starts talking about these silly singing shows that put you to sleep?

Then have I got a deal for you. It’s called “Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking!,” and it opened on Thursday night at the 47th Street Theater. For just $79 and 100 minutes of your time this little satire gives you everything you need to be witty, withering and informed about long, expensive musicals that would cost you thousands of dollars to see, not to mention all those precious hours that you could be spending with the Giants.


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