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Send in the Browns ...

Written by Dan Gigler on .

A little offseason levity courtesy of the Pittsburgh media elite ...

As part of the musical satire, "Off the Record XI: No Fracking Way!" staged by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists at the Byham Theater on Oct. 6, performers Michael E. Moats and Wali Jamal portrayed Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward dancing together while singing "Send in the Browns," to the tune of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" (rewritten by wiseacre business reporter Bill Toland).

"Off The Record" is an annual song-and-dance fund-raiser for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, written by Post-Gazette staffers and performed by PG staff, as well as professional actors and musicians with the Pittsburgh AFTRA.

In the plot of "No Fracking Way!" Roethlisberger, Ward and James Harrison joined the Pens' Sidney Crosby (Batman's alter ego, at least when in Pittsburgh) in trying to protect the region from the villainous Marcellus Shale. This song-and-dance number occurs at Roethlisberger's wedding, when dancing star Hines watches horrid moves by Ben and his bride and cuts in to take over.

(Reflecting the newspaper industry's early adaption of new technology, it only took 3 months for this to get to the web, but who's counting)

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