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Video: Prop Misérables

by Jeremy Hooper

Not since Oklahoma has a musical so fully captured the spirit of a state:

We see a Tony (who can't marry his partner Steve)!

Neil Patrick Harris and Jack Black in Prop 8: The Musical [Towle]

**UPDATE. 12/4: Some evangelicals are a'steamed up.

*Think you spotted someone you know? Well here's the full cast/creative list:

Prop 8 - The Musical-Credits

Conceived and Written (six weeks later than he shoulda) by Marc Shaiman

Directed and Staged by: Adam Shankman

Produced by Adam Shankman, Marc Shaiman and Mike Farah

Edited by Bradley Schulz and Drew Antzis

Cast (in order of appearance)

California Gays and The People That Love Them: Jordan Ballard, Margaret Cho, Barrett Foa, J.B. Ghuman, John Hill,
Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Rashad Naylor, Nicole Parker

Proposition 8'ers and The People That Follow Them:

Prop 8 Leader-John C. Reilly

Prop 8 Leader's #1 Wife-Allison Janney

Prop 8 Leader's #2 Wife-Kathy Najimy

Riffing Prop 8'er-Jenifer Lewis

A Preacher-Craig Robinson

Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell-Rashida Jones, Lake Bell, Sarah Chalke

The Frightened Villagers - Katharine "Kooks" Leonard, Seth Morris, Denise "Esi!" Piane, Lucian
Piane, Richard Read, Seth Redford, Quinton Strack, Tate Taylor

Jesus Christ -Jack Black

A Very Smart Fellow - Neil Patrick Harris

Piano Player - Marc "Marc" Shaiman

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Your thoughts

This was great! Thanks for a wonderful way to start the day

Posted by: John Ozed | Dec 3, 2008 9:49:35 AM

To die for. Thank you.

Posted by: Emproph | Dec 3, 2008 9:56:01 AM


Posted by: Dick Mills | Dec 3, 2008 11:56:57 AM

That was genius! Thanks for that, now I can smile again. :)

Posted by: Willie Hewes | Dec 3, 2008 12:30:49 PM

heh, I knew there was something cool about jack black

Posted by: Nami | Dec 3, 2008 4:30:04 PM

Was that John C. Reilley as the main Pro-8 supporter?

Posted by: Bill S | Dec 3, 2008 4:41:39 PM

Holy hell that was wonderful. After an evening of trying to convince a couple highly confused people that I'm not, in fact, pretending to be a lesbian (wierd, I know, but sometimes people are dumb) this made me smile. Thanks :)

Posted by: Claire | Dec 4, 2008 1:23:34 AM

This is brilliant and the fact that the evangelicals are upset about makes it that much sweeter.

Posted by: john ozed | Dec 4, 2008 8:48:16 PM

Like Emproph, thank you. That was wonderful.


Posted by: dave b | Dec 4, 2008 9:36:31 PM

Sarah Chalke! They should have given her a bigger part.

Posted by: John | Dec 5, 2008 9:29:04 PM

I loved it! Thanks for posting it. I found the link on another gay blog site. People claiming to be "Christian" pick and choose scriptures from the Hebrew Scriptures to suit their own agenda. I am a Believer in Jesus and even rather formally educated in Biblical Theology (at the grad school level). Educated but homophobic ministers who have taken a Biblical Hermeneutics (Interpretation) as theology majors often ignore the fact that they are taught not to proof-text scriptures out of their original contexts to suit their own agenda. As a native Oklahoman, I like to say, "Sodomy? Well, that ain't in the Hebrew Bible! Sodomite? That ain't there neither."

The Movie/Play Musical "Oklahoma" was based on the Lynn Riggs' historical novel, "Green Grow the Lilacs" and apparently Riggs' Broadway Play of the same name, "Green Grow the Lilacs."

Riggs was from Claremore, my "official home town," although I was born in the little Community of Tiawah South of there. My Cherokee ancestors settled in Tiawah decades before Claremore existed.

I did some research on Lynn Riggs and he was actually openly gay, away from Claremore, at least, and was in a partnered relationship with another man.

Posted by: Joe Allen Doty | Dec 6, 2008 1:02:11 AM

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