The New York Times

Barbara Walsh - HirshfeldOne of the easiest audiences to define is that at "Forbidden Broadway," a parody, takeoff, call-it-what –you-will of Broadway shows. The audiences are made up, not unusually, of both theatergoers and tourists, and their reactions are quite different. So says Barbara Walsh, one of the four stars of the recently updated revue. "Some of our timing depends on the audience response," said the 31-year-old singer who belts out, in Streisand fashion, a show-stopping song called "Someday." "We know almost immediately who is familiar with Broadway and Off-Broadway and who isn't." However, Miss Walsh added, the show has enough that is easily identifiable to satisfy even nontheatergoing visitors. Among the subjects parodied, in addition to Barbra Streisand ("she owns the world," Miss Walsh said, sotto voce), are Bernadette Peters, Lily Tomlin, Mary Martin and" Singin' in the Rain." A native of Chevy Chase, MD, Miss Walsh said she knew from the time she was in high school, when she did impressions that cracked up her classmates, that she was not cut out for a nine-to-five job. She finished junior college, wrote her own act, took it into dinner theaters, played summer stock and regional houses, and went on the road with "Oklahoma!" before joining both the New York and national company of "Nine". But it's her present role that she hopes will "catapult me into a more solid career." In the meantime, she said, lie is never dull. Not too long ago, she spent six months as a waitress in a Middle Eastern café and now she's back on stage, full of hope that her career will continue its upward spiral. "In New York, if you can pay your rent and buy toilet paper, you're lucky," she said. "I'm lucky."

Forbidden Broadway

Click here to hear Barbara sing "Somewhere" from the Forbidden Broadway album.

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