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Downton Abbey Takes Over 54 Below for a Musical Parody
Having a little Downton Abbey withdrawal? Some Broadway stars obviously are. Actors including Laura Osnes, Matt Doyle, Tony Sheldon, Kathy Fitzgerald, Christiane Noll, and Jeremy Jordan, as well as comedian Colin Mochrie as Downton creator Julian Fellowes, stopped by 54 Below to stage a musical parody imagining if the season-four premiere of the hit Emmy-winning drama was an all-musical episode.
Directed and cowritten by John Walton West and featuring music and lyrics by Jason Michael Snow, this parody offers a more upbeat musical take on the drama. This 10-minute video features songs including "His Lordship Wants Quail," "What Have I Done to Deserve This," and our personal favorite, "Tea," along with a powerful soliloquy of Matt Doyle's Thomas' love for Robbie. Mochrie's Fellowes' worries about raving heterosexual Robbie hitting the "gay notes" are unwarranted after hearing the spectacular song. This Fellowes also brings back beloved deceased characters including Lady Sybil as well as the ever-twitchy Dowager Countess and Mary's new love interest, who is hopefully tied down to Downton on a longer contract.
Filming for the actual historical drama is currently underway in the United Kingdom with a U.K. premiere in the fall of 2013 and a U.S. premiere in January 2014. But if you can't wait that long, here's the best Downton Abbey fan-made video ever.