1. On March 29th, one of the UK’s very first same-sex marriages is set to be broadcast on television as a full-blown musical event – hosted by the one and only Stephen Fry.
2. Who would want their wedding turned into a musical? This couple of twelve years: Composer Benjamin Till and West End actor Nathan Taylor.
3. The grooms will be writing all the music for their special wedding event, which will air on Channel 4 as Our Gay Wedding: The Musical.
“This isn’t a musical about our wedding, this is a musical celebration about the historical importance of March 29th; the first day gay men can legally marry in England and Wales,” says the couple.
4. There will be musical vows, musical readings, and pretty much non-stop music. Plus, a full ensemble of family, friends, and “very special” surprise guests.
5. In case your wondering, “But why a musical?” The grooms answered just that in a recent blog post:
But why a musical?
Well, readers of this blog will know that Nathan and I have 40 years combined experience in the professional worlds of music, film and theatre. As a composer, I use music to express my emotions. I pour emotion into the music I write and can think of no more perfect way to express my love and gratitude to Nathan than through song. Why on earth would I SAY vows when I can SING them? When I can accompany them with the chords and beats and suspensions which far more adequately express my love for a man who has been my rock for 12 years.
Nathan, as a musical theatre performer with a great respect and love for the art form, feels exactly the same way. Music has run through our relationship like the most perfect golden thread. I write a song. Nathan will be the first man to hear it. Nathan performs in a show or cabaret, and I will sit on the front row, engulfed and charmed by the beauty of his voice.