Broadway stars turn spotlight on Russia's anti-gay bill in a musical parody

Thursday, 23 January 2014 09:32 PM Written by 


Remember "Prop 8: The Musical"? Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney and other Funny or Die friends performed a Marc Shaiman parody dedicated to the proposition that banned same-sex marriage in California. That was in 2008. In June of last year, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the measure by allowing a lower court's ruling to block the propostion to stand.

In that same spirit comes "Russian Broadway Shut Down," a who's who of Broadway in a taped musical with the synopsis: "Citing homosexual propaganda law, Russian government outlaws theatrical performances; Russian Broadway community responds." It puts the conversation about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, front and center, especially in the pairing of ill-fated Olympic lovers played by Jonathon Groff (HBO's "Looking") and Jeremy Jordan ("Newsies," "Glee").

"Russian Broadway community" means that the cast uses Russian accents to tell the story of the Putin regime's crack-down on gays, with Michael Cerveris as Vladimir Putin (above), who harbors a secret reason for flexing his muscles. Other stars of the New York stage and screens big and small include Andrew Rannells, Laura Benanti, Stephanie Block, Michael Urie, Harvey Fierstein, Danny Burstein, Victoria Clark, Casey Nicholaw, Brad Oscar, cast members of Broadway's "Cinderella" ... so many more. The show was composed by Jason Michael Snow (who also has created a Downton Abbey musical parody) and written by Snow, director John West and a handful of others.

The video concludes with a quote by Leo Tolstoy: "If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts."

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