Internet musical protests outcome of Prop 8

By Emily Morgan

December 4, 2008 at 1:05pm

Though Proposition 8 passed in last month’s election, protests of the newly re-instituted ban on gay marriage in California continue.

One of the most creative is an internet musical with a star cast and a Oscar-nominated composer.

Posted on, Prop 8 - The Musical depicts the controversy surrounding the recently passed same-sex marriage ban in California.

Marc Shaiman, a five-time Oscar-nominated composer, put together the music and lyrics. The video was produced and directed by Adam Shankman, who produced and choreographed the movie version of the musical Hairspray.

In the credits, Shaiman admits he came up with the video “six weeks later than he shoulda.”

Jack Black takes center stage as Jesus Christ, who explains to the right-wing crowd, led by John C. Reilly and Allison Janney, that the Bible’s views on gay marriage can be disregarded, reminding them that the country was founded on the separation of church and state.

Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, concludes the argument, explaining that gay marriage is an answer to the economic recession. “Think of all the lawyers for the gay divorces,” he sings, bringing both sides together for a final refrain of, “Yes, gay marriages will save the economy.”

Prop 8 - The Musical also includes appearances by Sarah Chalke, Kathy Najimy, Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph, Craig Robinson, and Rashida Jones.

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
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