Lunch Break Video: Andrew Rannells heads all-star cast in musical parody protesting Russia’s anti-gay law
With a cast that could rival a Tony Awards telecast in terms of star wattage, some of Broadway’s biggest stars use their talent in a new video to make a statement against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
In the video, the Russian government cites the propaganda law in outlawing theatrical performances on ‘The Great Red Way.’
The Russian Broadway community responds in the only way they know how – they put on a show called Love and Punishment.
There are plenty of songs about the LGBT repression and such one liners as: ‘Tooth Fairy is now Tooth Reaper’ and ‘You can’t even enter through back door … of own home!’
Andrew Rannells, in thick Russian accent, anchors a musical parody that also features Harvey Fierstein, Michael Urie, Jonathan Groff, Joanna Gleason and original Annie star Andrea McArdle, among others.
‘I know we’re just a musical and it might seem silly,’ Rannells says in character in the video. ‘But if we can help bring joy, inspire, and call people on bullshit, that’s a night of theater.’
The musical includes such scenes as a young Vladimir Putin losing his first girlfriend to another woman then later ripping his shirt off, two female astronauts falling in love in space in 1969, and two modern day Olympic male athletes in love with one ending up dead.