Broadway stars turn Rodgers and Hammerstein classic into LGBTI love song
Two Broadway stars are taking the lack of LGBTI romances in musicals into their own hands.
Jelani Alladin and Matt Doyle recently recorded and filmd their rendition of the poignant song We Kiss in a Shadow.
The song is from one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musicals, The King and I. It takes place between Tuptim, a slave woman, and Lun Tha, a scholar, who are secretly in love. They have to hide their relationship from the King of Siam.
Alladin and Doyle recorded the song because of its relevance today.
‘Unfortunately, we are living in a world, in a space, that doesn’t value love of all kinds,’ Alladin said.
‘This song is our way of understanding how we can begin to accept love of all kinds, to embrace the ugliness, the beautifulness of all of it and understand that we are all human.’
Doyle added: ‘Anyone who has felt like they weren’t able to express who they are or how they love can listen to this song and find a connection.’
Alladin is best known for orginating the role of Kristoff in Disney’s Broadway adaptation of their hit movie Frozen.
Doyle, who is openly gay, has appeared in LGBTI musicals such as Spring Awakening and bare: A Pop Opera.
The video is part of a new YouTube series, R&H Goes Pop! which re-imagines Rodgers and Hammerstein songs as pop/rock tunes. It started earlier this year with Jeremy Jordan’s take on Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma.
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Author: Anya Crittenton