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Editor’s note: Description of the musical’s content includes examples of its profane, lewd and possibly racist material, which may be objectionable to some readers.
Students at a high school in Massachusetts are opening theater doors today for a free performance of scenes from their upcoming musical, a tale about a bisexual father torn between his family and his “gay” lover.
Seven students of Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, Mass., are cast in the school’s rendition of “Falsettos,” a Tony-award-winning production described by a local newspaper as “a musical comedy about life, love and loss in which the characters renegotiate their definitions of family.”
But one organization in Massachusetts is objecting to how the plot redefines “family” and pointing to some of musical’s content – including the songs “My Father’s a Homo”, “Everybody Hates His Parents” and “Four Jews in a Room B—-ing” – as blatantly offensive.
“Community residents are very concerned about the production’s vulgar sexuality and anti-family message,” writes MassResistance – a local group that counters promotion of homosexuality in the state – on its blog entry. “Not content with inflicting this on the community in the weeks before Christmas, the school has added a sneak preview scheduled on Thanksgiving Day.”
Though full performances aren’t scheduled for another two weeks, Concord-Carlisle High School is welcoming author of “Falsettos” William Finn today to preview a few of the scenes and interact with the cast. The forum is free and open to the public.
The musical, however, includes a number of potentially offensive lyrics, including jokes about sexually transmitted diseases and the following lines, among others:
Don’t make noise, but Daddy’s kissing boys
Marvin was never mine, he took his meetings in the boys’ latrine
Great, men will be men – let me turn on the gas – I saw them in the den with
Marvin grabbing Whizzer’s a–
Four Jews in a room b—-ing (wheee!), four Jews talking like Jewish men. I’m neurotic, he’s neurotic, they’re neurotic, we’re neurotic. B—-, b—-, b—-, b—-, funny, funny, funny, funny.
“This is what they have high-school students memorizing and singing,” quipped a MassResistance email.
But while MassResistance is raising objections and urging concerned people to contact the school’s administrators about the musical’s content, the city of Concord, on the other hand, has a history of pioneering the homosexual movement.
Kevin Jennings, President Obama’s safe-schools czar, was a teacher at the Concord Academy preparatory school when he founded the nation’s first ‘gay-straight alliance,’ before shortly thereafter founding the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
At Concord-Carlisle High School, math teacher and director of “Falsettos” Peter Atlas is a former board member of GLSEN who once told a Boston Globe interviewer that homosexual kids who turn up at his classroom aren’t only asking questions about coming out and getting support.
“They want to know where they can meet boys!” he reportedly said with a laugh.
Concord’s public high school also caught the attention of MassResistance, when, on Palm Sunday in 2006, it hosted a performance of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.
“Public-school officials in Massachusetts,” wrote a MassResistance email at the time, “seem to be looking for creative ways to push the homosexual agenda in the most offensive ways possible.”