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Shaiman's 'PROP 8-THE MUSICAL' Wins GLAAD Award Honors

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Shaiman's 'PROP 8-THE MUSICAL' Wins GLAAD Award Honors

At its annual awards ceremony GLAAD recognized Prop 8: The Musical, a video created for FunnyorDie.com in response to the passage of Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative which eliminated the right to marry for same-sex couples. Directed by Adam Shankman and written by Marc Shaiman, the video received over one million hits on its first day online. During the show, Miss Coco Peru and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performed the song live onstage. Shankman accepted the award on behalf of the team of creators.

You can watch it by clicking here.

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Alba, T.R. Knight, Kate Walsh, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Megan Mullally, Bill Paxton, Jennifer Beals, Alan Cumming and Gus Van Sant were among the celebrities who joined the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as the organization honored Kathy Griffin, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, and the best in film, television and journalism last night at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, present the GLAAD Media Awards to recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

Conceived and written by Shaiman (six weeks later than he shoulda-he states in the video credits), the Tony Winning composer of Hairspray, the starry three-minute video was directed and staged by Hairspray film director Adam Shankman. The video is full of that classic Shaiman wit and wisdom, not to mention some zippy melodies too!

The hilarious video has star power to spare, many well known faces from the stage and screen join in on the musical mayhem, the cast is as follows, The "California Gays and The People That Love Them" are played by Jordan Ballard, Margaret Cho, Barrett Foa, J.B. Ghuman, John Hill, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Rashad Naylor and Nicole Parker.

The passionate "Proposition 8'ers and The People That Follow Them" include John C. Reilly as Prop 8 Leader; Allison Janney as Prop 8 Leader's #1 Wife; Kathy Najimy as Prop 8 Leader's #2 Wife; Jenifer Lewis as Riffing Prop 8'er; Craig Robinson as A Preacher; and Rashida Jones, Lake Bell and Sarah Chalke as Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell.

Jesus Christ is played by comic film star Jack Black with Neil Patrick Harris making a splash as the Very Smart Fellow.

Katharine "Kooks" Leonard (of Johnny n' Kooks fame), Seth Morris, Denise "Esi!" Piane, Lucian Piane, Richard Read, Seth Redford, Quinton Strack and Tate Taylor show up as The Frightened Villagers.

Shaiman, Shankman and Mike Farah produced the video. Drew Antzis and Bradly Schulz edited the video production.

Shaiman's 'PROP 8-THE MUSICAL' Wins GLAAD Award Honors

Jack Black and the cast of PROP 8 The Musical

Photo of Marc Shaiman by Peter James Zielinski

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