Russian Broadway Shut Down – Government Deems All Theatre Homosexual Propaganda


And then there was time I was in backseat
with Svetlana Kachinski.  I was feeling her dinkas, and feeling her dinkas, and she said
“Ooh! Don’t you want feel anything else?” Absolutely I do, for I am Russian heterosexual. The Russian government issue decree that we
have to take out all homosexual content from Russian Broadway shows. They make us change
all our scripts! BE WHO THEY TELL YOU TO BE GLITTER AND BE SEXUALLY CONVENTIONAL IF YOU WERE GAY- Nicky… YOU WOULD BE FINED! What??? THERE IS NOTHING LIKE DAME! NOTHING YOU HEAR
ME? NOTHING! YOU DON’T KNOW LIFE TILL YOU FELT INSIDE WOMAN!!! Still too gay! Now Russian Broadway get closing
notice. We’re closing? This was my life! WE’RE ON VACATION! Permanently. And now it’s lights out for Great Red Way. This all began with that outrageous gay propaganda
law. Article 6.21 bans propaganda to minors of
non-traditional sexual relations You can’t hold hands in public. Tooth Fairy is now Tooth Reaper. You can’t even enter through backdoor of own
home! And I think its vastly unfair. There’s only one man’s podcast that can help
us. American sex-columnist and my university lover,
Dan Savage.  Hello Dan? (voice over) Mother Russia is clearly not
being GGG But I’m only an actor.  What can I do? (voice over) Didn’t you ever see “Cradle Will
Rock”?  Look at “Show Boat”, “Prop 8- The Musical”. Dan Savage, what are you saying? Musicals have the power to change hearts and
minds.  You know what to do. Dan Savage is right.  We gotta put on a show! It’s day of show, yall-skis! I’m so excited! It’s gonna be knockout! Big Night! I have not done show since “Boy From Oz”!
I played Peter Allen and was arrested at intermission. We assembled a cracker-jack creative team. Andrew Lippavanov write devastating music. And Lisa Lambertska write lyrics better than
Tolstoy. When Julie Taymorski leave over creative differences,
David Cromertov save day with trademark artifice-less-ness. Book writer was hardest to find.  We need
someone with experience in gay musicals. Hello.  They came to me, they say, “Harvey!
 Help us!” I said, “Of course.” Since all theater was outlawed we knew this
would have to be one night only. So we were gonna go down swinging. So now I give you now “Love and Punishment”. Hey look a gay couple demonstrating affection.
They show kindness to each other. The children will imitate and show kindness.
Hide children! Hide the children! Masha!  CHILD LOOK AWAY DON’T YOU KNOW THOSE
MEN ARE- Hey! WE SAW FANCY DANCING IN THE SQUARE. MY ANYA SAW TWO WOMEN HUG LIKE BEAR! NO! NO! NO! SHUT YOUR EYES AND NEVER FEAR.  THE SOLUTION
IT IS CLEAR. WE’LL MAKE EVERYONE ADHERE TO TRADITION FOR THE CHILDREN YESTERDAY! YESTERDAY! TAKE ME BACK TO YESTERDAY! They’ll corrupt my Sasha mind! Rob our moral values blind! Don’t you know they’re in cahoots? THEY’RE ALL IN NICE SUITS!
OH MY GOD! Loсk up your views… Rossiya soshla s uma.  Russia’s gone crazy.
[…batten down our your perspectives, and keep your aspects shut!] SHUT YOUR EYES! Come on! FOR THE CHILDREN, SHUT YOUR EYES! I like gay people But many Russians don’t, and with world’s
top figure skaters about to descend on Sochi, International Olympic Committee has problem. Damn, damn, damn!  It’s too late to mount
the olympics in another country! Discrimination is outlawed in Russia Constitution,
so they justify law by saying it equally penalizes gay and straight comrades… We’ll then clearly- THIS IS NOT DISCRIMINATION. IT’S IN OUR CONSTITUTION.
IT’S MERELY A SUGGESTION WE ENFORE BY LAW. LISTEN TO ME, WITH THE IOC DECREE WE SHOUD
ALL JUST AGREE TO DISAGREE. Why yes! IT’S NOT DISCRIMINATION- Preposterous! Sochi! AND WE’RE GUILT FREE. WE’LL ALL AGREE TO DISAGREE SO WE CAN SHOOT AND SLIDE AND SKI AND KEEP THE NAMES ON OUR MARQUIS UND WIN THE MEDALS 1, 2, 3! WHEN WE AGREE TO DISAGREE I actually had a different idea for that scene,
but I like it with people. Russians are obsessed with notion of tradition,
so we wanted to show how gay tradition actually is. -Vasili.
-Sergey. You see there have beautiful homosexual relationships
throughout Russia’s history.  Our first couple- two wood carvers from late 19th century who
sing of repressed affections. TEMPT ME NOT TO FEEL THE WAY
I FEEL ABOUT YOU. TEMPT ME NOT TO THINK THIS FEELING’S REAL
WHEN I’M WITH YOU TOO YOUR EYES I’VE DREAMT AND YOUR HAIR UNKEMPT IN THE MEAN TIME, TEMPT ME NOT. It’s a pinch of Bacharach and a dash of tenderness. But as with love, there has always been hate. Problem! What man in musical theater has enough
testosterone to play Vladimir Putin? We wanted to explore how this man could become
so hard hearted.  So we flashback to a nubile young Vladimir discussing his love of faberge
tea cups with his sweetheart. Vladimir stop.  I have met someone. (voice over) and as he watched her walk away
forever he recalled the words of his cherished mother. If man is manly enough, woman will never leave! Oh god.  I was not masculine enough. With heart shattered into million effeminate
pieces Vladimir made vow that would become his raison d’etre! I WILL BE MAN! VIRILE HEMAN! I WILLI COCK
MY GUN AND NEVER CRY! I’LL STRANGLE BEAR TO WATCH HIM DIE, AND DAMN THIS SHIRT! Such bold actor Runs on mother’s side. Choreography for “Love and Punishment” is
just there to enhance story.  So we gonna keep it super simple. With costume for “Love and Punishment” I knew
I wanted to go big. But not too big. I thought was very brave of me to do this
performance totally naked. For our second couple we cut to Russian space
lesbians in 1969. Olga you’re wrong.  We can be together in
space. PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE SOPHIA.  EITHER
WAY WE LOOSE. OLGA COME WITH ME TO THE SKY CAUSE ME NOT TO LIVE THIS LIFE ALONE A LOAN ON LIFE IS ALL WE’VE GOT.  WE HAVE
ONE SHOT. CAUSE ME NOT TO LEAVE MY FAMILIES HOME. A WORLD WITH YOU IS ALL I EVER SOUGHT BUT SOPHIE- CAUSE ME NOT I know we’re just a musical and it might seem
silly, but if we can help bring joy, inspire, and call people on bullshit- thats a night
of theater. YOU MAY THINK YOU’LL BREAK US DOWN BUT COMRADE
YOU DON’T KNOW THE SCORE. YOU SAY “SHE’S NOT A PART OF YOUR WORLD” WE’RE EVERY WOMAN HEAR US ROAR YOU SPIN YOUR WEB OF LIES NOW IT’S TIME FOR HATE TO MELT RUSSIA’S PANTS ARE FALLING DOWN SO LET’S GIVE IT A BELT.  AAAAH! These Russian Broadway beltresses squelting
all over me! NO YOU AIN’T HEARD A WOMEN THIS STRONG! NYET! YOU AIN’T HEARD A WOMAN DONE WRONG! NYET! YOU AIN’T HEARD OUR VOICES IN SONG CAUSE WE’RE MARCHING, FIGHTING, SURVIVING, AND THERE’S
HELL TO PAY! Freedom to be!  Freedom to live!  Freedom
to love! Lesbian footlighting- go. TELL THE PEOPLE WE’RE PERVERSE BUT THAT’S
NOT WHAT IT’S ABOUT.  SAY GOODBYE TO THE HATE YOU KNOW. LOVE IS COMING, WE ARE COMING,
OUT, OUT, OUT! Dasvidanya bitch. YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ NYET! NYET! NYET! CAUSE
YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’, NOTHIN’ Nyet Hey! Our final couple, present day Russia’s finest
Olympians, chose each other over games.  So Russia lost gold, and because of terrible
circumstances that followed, their love met untimely end. FORGET ME NOT.  THE LOVE WE SHARED I’LL KEEP
FOREVER.  FORGET ME NOT, AND IN OUR HEARTS WE’LL BE TOGETHER. FORGET ME NOT.  FOR TIME IS NOT A SLOW TREK,
AND FOR LESS THAN JUST A KOPECK WE HAVE BOUGHT A LIFETIME OF FORGET ME- We think of Nikolai as the rainbow that fell
in Russia that day A son of Russia was lost, and villagers were
left catatonic. “Leave our children alone” President Putin says.  We say, “our children
can make up own minds.”
[TRADITION FOR THE CHILDREN] WOAH! STOP USING US TO HIDE BEHIND YOUR IGNORANCE HAS MADE YOU BLIND GAYS HOLD HANDS AND WE DON’T MIND LOVE IS LOVE YOU PREACH OLD WAYS BUT EVEN SO TRADITION’S
KIND OF QUEER YOU KNOW.  THEY EXISTED LONG AGO. TCHAIKOVSKY WAS GAY! OPEN YOUR EYES Papa- And as Demitri opened box, for first time
in country’s history a rainbow across sky. THE DAY A RAINBOW FELL IN RUSSIA WE OPENED
UP OUR EYES! Ladies and gentlemen that was fantastic!  If
Putin comes to his senses we do it again tomorrow night. Our piece was said.  Curtain came down, but
show can go on with you. And I hope the right people get loved, and
the wrong people get punishment-ted. “If it is true that there are as many minds
as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” – Leo
Tolstoy I raised over 8 million rubles for “Love and
Punishment” through Broadway Bundles That is casting To explore intimacy of these characters we
have truly become best friends
-Boyfriends When they ask me if I had concern to play
lesbian, I said “No problem!  Isn’t Tony Shahoub one?” Not “Lebanese” Stephanya.  “Lesbian”! Lesbian.  Lesbian?  Ah!  Lesbian! I’m so glad there are gays in theater I believe! Possible things are happening everyday! And that’s my new philosophy

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