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02/27/2011

Video: MassResistance bears 'Falsettos' witness

by Jeremy Hooper

Back during the holiday season of 2009, Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group MassResistance was causing all kinds of a stink over a local high school's choice to present a certain musical. The play in question: Falsettos, James Lapine and William Finn's early '90s work dealing with LGBT and AIDS issues. A piece of musical theatre that is quite legendary in theatre circles, winning two Tonys in its year of eligibility and the hearts of countless critics in that year and the time since.

Now as anyone familiar might have guessed, MassResistance's major stink with the play at the time was in regards to its status as a "depraved homosexual musical." The outrage was all about protecting the poor students of Concord-Carlisle High School from the evil 'mo agenda being pushed into the school's footlights, with a hope that local parents would rise up and join MassResistance's larger cause. Though unfortunately for MR, their own over-the-top agenda was the bigger story, with most local sympathies siding with the students, the artistic choice, and theatre's unique storytelling role, and not Brian Camenker and Amy Contrada's undying war on anything gayer than Jean Valjean. MassResitance's cause was drowned out by applause, and their ultimate goal collapsed before the sets were even struck.

So now, for some odd reason, MassResistance is renewing the year-and-change old "controversy," this time with an outrageous new claim thrown at the play, its supporters, and its two Jewish creators: Anti-Semitism. And to help them make this claim, MassResistance has recruited the help of Carl Paladino's favorite radical rabbi, political far-rightie Yehuda Levin. Take a look:

What next, MR: Condemning James Lapine's Sunday In The Park With George, since Sundays must be parked with nobody other than Jesus? Boycotting William Finn's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, amid claims that the county's 24th bee required students to spell "S-O-D-O-M-Y (language of origin: whatever was spoken the first second speech began)? Or perhaps the plan is to push a blanket ban on all theatre wherein a gay person played a pivotal role, which is of course to say: All theatre.

Let us know, M.R. In the meantime, we must go start rehearsals for our Boston preschool production of Rent.

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*UPDATE: Now a writer for the Ruth Institute (a National Organization for Marriage affiliate) claims Finn and Lapine "hate Judaism": NOM's Ruth Institute: Jewish 'Falsettos' creators hate Judaism [G-A-Y]

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