WATCH: Hitting Gay Notes in 'Downton Abbey' the Musical

By: Brandon Voss
4.23.2013

Still feeling blue after the shocking season 3 finale of Downton Abbey? Need a bit of cheering up until the 1920s-set British drama returns to PBS in early 2014 with handsome cast additions? You're going to love this musical parody.

Directed by John Walton West with music and lyrics by Jason Michael Snow, this clever video, filmed at New York's 54 Below, imagines a special musical episode of the hit series. Actor and comedian Colin Andrew Mochrie plays Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, who explains his decision to create a Downton musical between snippets of silly but straight-faced Edwardian showtunes.

“The guys and I were all Downton fans and while spitballing ideas, we said ‘Well Buffy and Grey‘s did a musical episode,’ and we thought of Julian Fellowes in a room with Shonda Rhimes and Joss Whedon trying to plan out the inevitable Downton Abbey Musical Episode in season 4,” producer Kevin Duda told EW.

Theatergoers will recognize some of the brightest stars of the New York stage, including Smash's Jeremy Jordan and Priscilla Queen of the Desert's Tony Sheldon. Trusted with the faux musical's "gay notes," or "notes that only gays can hit," out actor Matt Doyle appears as "raving heterosexual" Rob James-Collier, who plays Downton's villainous but lovesick gay valet Thomas.

"It was hard being gay in Edwardian times, you know," says Doyle as James-Collier. "There was no It Gets Better project back then."

Check out the spot-on clip below.

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