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 Associate Producer: Lauren Palmigiano Edited by Bradly 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, Brunson Green Jesus Christ Jack Black A Very Smart Fellow Neil Patrick Harris Piano Player Marc "Marc" Shaiman ---- Co-Choreographer: Anne "Mama" Fletcher Recorded and Mixed by Frank Wolf & Greg Hayes Director of Photography: Michael Barrett Camera Operators: Jake Szymanski, Bradly Schulz and Drew Antzis Production designer: Nelson Coates Costume designer: Shanna Knecht Costume assistants: Leslie Schilling, Annalisa Adams, Elizabeth Abate Hair: Laura Sanchez Make-up: Shauna O'Toole, Atticuss Sharp Production sound: Bradford Craig Production Assistant: Christin Trogan Music editor: Lisa Jaime Music assistant: Brian Naguit Snacky: "Snacky" Special Thanks to Adam McKay for the nudge
The video opens with a shot of a reader board from Sacramento Community
College. It reads: Sacramento Community College Players Presents “Prop
8 – The Musical.” The shot cuts to the interior of an auditorium. The
stage is set up to look like a beach. A group of beachgoers come out
from offstage, dressed to appear gay. The “gay” ensemble includes
Jordan Ballard, Margaret Cho, Barrett Foa, J.B. Ghuman Jr., John Hill,
Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Rashad Naylor, and Nicole Parker. The shot
cuts to Marc Shaiman playing the piano.
Gay ensemble (singing): It’s a brand new bright Obama day. What a time
to be black, a girl, or gay. No, nothing could go wrong. So, join us in
this song of happy days, for the gays, nothing can go wrong!
John C. Reilly and Allison Janney pop up from behind a beach umbrella.
John C. Reilly: Look nobody’s watching. It’s time to spread some hate and put it in the Constitution.
Allison Janney: Now? How?
John C. Reilly: Proposition 8
John C. Reilly unfurls a giant, rolled piece of paper with Prop 8 written at the top in bold letters.
John C. Reilly, Allison Janney and gay ensemble: Proposition 8!
Gay ensemble (frightened): Proposition 8!
The shot cuts to a “conservative” ensemble that includes Kathy Najimy,
Jenifer Lewis, Craig Robinson, Rashida Jones, Lake Bell, Sarah Chalke,
and Katharine Leonard.
Conservative Ensemble: Right!
John C. Reilly and Conservative ensemble: People listen to our plea. They’ll teach kids about sodomy! Sodomy!
A group of frightened, “average” citizens is shown rushing toward a
voting booth and John C. Reilly and the conservative ensemble are shown
Gay ensemble: That wasn’t right. That’s a lie!
Conservative ensemble: But it worked, so we don’t care.
Gay ensemble: Now you wish we’d all shut up.
Conservative ensemble: But make our clothes and fix our hair.
Gay Ensemble: And our love’s not a sin.
Conservative ensemble: Well the Bible says it’s so.
Jack Black appears on the stage in the bright, heavenly glow and he is dressed as Jesus.
Jack Black (speaking): Well, the Bible says a lot of things, you know?
Conservative and gay ensembles: Jesus Christ!
Jack Black (speaking): Hey, how’s it going?
John C. Reilly (speaking): Jesus, doesn’t the Bible say these people are an abomination?
Jenifer Lewis: Obamanation!
Jack Black (speaking): Yeah, but you know it says the exact same thing about this shrimp cocktail.
Jack black holds up a shrimp cocktail. The conservative ensemble moves toward the shrimp cocktail.
Conservative ensemble: Mmmm, shrimp cocktail.
Jack Black (speaking): Ba ba ba ba baaaa. Leviticus says that shellfish is an abomination.
Jenifer Lewis: Obamanation!
Maya Rudolph (speaking): What else does the Bible say Jesus?
Jack Black laughs a little.
Jack Black: (speaking) The Bible says a lot of interesting things.
(singing) Like you can, stone your wife or sell your daughter into
John C. Reilly (singing): Well, we ignore those verses.
Jack Black: Well then friend it seems to me, you pick and choose.
Conservative ensemble: We pick and choose.
Jack Black: Well choose love instead of hate. Besides your nation, was
built on separation, of church and state. (speaking) See ya later,
Gay and Conservative ensembles (speaking): Bye Jesus. Goodbye Jesus. Bye.
Kathy Najimy: I love you, Jesus.
The shot cuts back to Marc Shaiman at the piano and Neil Patrick Harris is sitting next to him on the piano bench.
Neil Patrick Harris (speaking): You know, here’s another thought to wrap things up.
Everyone turns to look at Neil Patrick Harris who begins singing and dancing across the stage.
Neil Patrick Harris (singing): Oh, every time a gay or lesbian finds love at the parade…there’s money to be made.
Conservative ensemble: He’s right!
Neil Patrick Harris: each time two grooms say, paint the wedding hall and lavender’s the shade. There’s money to be made.
Conservative ensemble: He has a point.
Neil Patrick Harris: Think of all the carriages and four white horses. There’s millions lost from all of your disapproving.
Conservative ensemble: Well that’s not good.
Neil Patrick Harris: Think of all the lawyers for the gay divorces. Think of the tattoo removing.
Neil Patrick Harris pulls up the shirt of one of the male, gay ensemble
members and a tattoo on their stomach vanishes in a sparkling flash.
Conservative ensemble: We get it now. We’ve been such fools.
Neil Patrick Harris and entire cast: I can see. America’s calling me. Gay marriages will save the economy!
The entire cast takes a bow and the shot cuts to a black screen with
the following displayed in white text: To Find out More about Prop 8
and what you can do to support equal rights for gay and lesbian couples
go to http://jointheimpact.com