After California voters passed Proposition 8, restricting marriage to heterosexual couples, Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman did two things. Shaiman, who wrote the Hairspray lyrics with his longtime partner Scott Wittman, discovered that the artistic director of the Sacramento-based California Musical Theatre, Scott Eckern, had donated $1,000 to the pro-Prop 8 campaign. Shaiman got the word out in the theater world and promised that the non-profit theater, which had produced Hairspray in August, would never get the rights to do another one of his shows as long as Eckern was at the helm. After first apologizing and making a donation to a rights group, Eckern eventually resigned.
Now, Shaiman has weighed in with something artistic: Prop 8 -- The Musical. The short video features two groups, one called "California Gays and The People That Love Them," the other "Proposition 8'ers and The People That Follow Them."
Many famous actors joined Shaiman's cast, including Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Kathy Najimy, Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Sarah Chalke, Lake Bell and Rashida Jones. Jack Black stars as a Jesus who points out several Biblical bans that most folks don't follow. Enjoy.