Written by Marc Shaiman
Directed by Adam Shankman
Starring Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Jack Black, and more.
The video received a Special Recognition Award at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
December 3, 2008
From the official press release:
For Immediate Release
“PROP 8 – THE MUSICAL”
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WRITTEN BY MARC SHAIMAN, DIRECTED BY ADAM SHANKMANFEATURING JACK BLACK, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, JOHN C. REILLY, ALLISON JANNEY, KATHY NAJIMY, CRAIG ROBINSON, ANDY RICHTER, MAYA RUDOLPH, RASHIDA JONES, LAKE BELL, SARAH CHALKE, MARGARET CHO, JENIFER LEWIS, NICOLE PARKER
Los Angeles — December 3, 2008 — FunnyorDie.com, the funniest place on the web, presents an exclusive new video, “Prop 8 – The Musical.” The video was shot last Monday in Santa Monica, CA, and was conceived and written by five time Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray,” “South Park-Bigger, Longer & Uncut“) and directed by Adam Shankman (“Bedtime Stories,” “Hairspray”).
“I am grateful for the invitation from Funny or Die to use their website to express myself the way God likes it best: through music, lyrics and humor,” says Marc Shaiman. “Who could have imagined that such a dark moment in California’s history could result in the fantastically fun week making this video. The day of filming was, I think, one of the purest, fun days we have all spent, and if not for the sharp thinking and hysterical leadership of Adam Shankman, it would all still just be in my head — I only wish I’d written it 2 months ago. Damn,” he added.
“After being so angry and confused about this horrible and unconstitutional public shaming, it was amazing to go out there and do what we do best in protest: sing and dance,” says Adam Shankman. “It was the fanciest piece of community theater I’ve ever seen. The whole thing came together in one day. It was beautiful. No lunch breaks or egos. I’m grateful to everyone who participated,” he added.The running time of “Prop 8 – The Musical” is 3 minutes. (A full credit list is below).
At the end of the video, Prop 8 the Musical encourages viewers to visit JoinTheImpact.com, the site responsible for the November 15th National Day of Protest to repeal Proposition 8. JoinTheImpact.com is now working to become a clearinghouse of sorts for grassroots events related to the Gay Rights Movement. When asked about their take on the Prop 8 Musical, JTI co-founder Amy Balliett said “I can’t stop laughing and want to show everyone this great video! I am honored that the creators added the call to action on their video to visit JoinTheImpact.com. This movement is about uniting as one and it has amazd me to see just how united, creative, and inspirational our community and allies can be!”
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