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Thursday 31 July 2014

History-making gay marriage to be broadcast to millions as a musical

Denise Calnan

Published 05/03/2014|16:21

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The grooms, Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, are writing and staging their entire wedding as a musical, with sung vows, sung readings and show-stopping ensembles featuring the whole congregation of family, friends and special guests. (Photo: Channel 4)
The grooms, Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, are writing and staging their entire wedding as a musical, with sung vows, sung readings and show-stopping ensembles featuring the whole congregation of family, friends and special guests. (Photo: Channel 4)

One of the UK’s first same-sex marriages is set to be broadcast on television as a full-blown musical, commentated on by Stephen Fry.

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The grooms, Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, are writing and staging their entire wedding as a musical, with sung vows, sung readings and show-stopping ensembles featuring the whole congregation of family, friends and special guests.

The couple have decided to share their special day with millions of TV viewers as they celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal in England and Wales on Saturday, March 29 of this year.

“We’ve been together for nearly 12 years, and never thought we’d get the chance to get married, for real,” Benjamin, a composer of several documentary musicals, and Nathan, a West End performer, said.

“Doing what we both do for a living has meant that we’ve spent our entire lives expressing emotion through song, so getting married in a musical, particularly one that we’re writing ourselves, felt like the most natural thing in the world.”

Stephen Fry will introduce and commentate on the show, ‘Our Gay Wedding: The Musical’, on Channel 4. The show also promises to feature appearances and songs from surprise guest stars and legends from the world of show-business.

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The couple have decided to share their special day with millions of TV viewers (Photo: Channel 4)

Fry has spoken out about his support for equal marriage and called on Britain to boycott the Russian Winter Olympics due to the country’s strict anti-gay propaganda laws.

‘Our Gay Wedding: The Musical’ has yet to have an air date scheduled, but will be broadcasted as soon as possible after same-sex marriage is legalised at the end of March. 

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