Ryan Murphy’s Adaptation of The Prom Premieres with Starry Cast on Netflix
By: Ellis Nassour
December 10, 2020: Ryan Murphy brings Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar and Bob Martin’s big-hearted, quick-witted, and boisterous 2018 Tony-nominated Broadway musical The Prom to Netflix beginning Friday, December 11.
The plot focuses on the self-absorbed stars of a Broadway musical about Eleanor Roosevelt who look for an escape after an opening night of scathing reviews. They peruse the news for a cause they might support as a way of polishing their image and flat-lined careers.
With friends in town, they descend on an Indiana town as quite-concerned celebrities in support of the right of a female student to attend the school prom with her girlfriend. They cause quite a ruckus going up against a group of homophobic townspeople.
Soon, however, many who welcomed their participation and the headlines their activism generated in their attempt to change minds, backfires as many begin to question their motives. Tables are turned and lives are upended before the girl takes matters into her own hands and is able to celebrate who she is in the fairytale ending.
Starring in Netflix’s The Prom are three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, TV host and Tony winner James Corden, Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman as Emma. Featured are Ariana DeBose, Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin, Emmy winner Mary Kay Place, and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tracey Ullman.
Streep is singing for the first time since the film adaptation of Mamma Mia – and a highlight of The Prom Steep fans may not be expecting, is hearing her rap! And who knew Nicole Kidman could have easily been a Fosse dancer?
The musical, loosely based on a true story with an original concept by theater executive and producer Viertel, premiered at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2016. On Broadway, it played 309 performances, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon). and starred Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Caitlin Kinnunen, and Isabelle McCalla.
It was nominated for six Tonys, including Musical, Director, Book, and Score.
The TV adaptation includes all 16 songs from the show, which include “Changing Lives,” “It’s Not About Me,” Dance with You,””Tonight Belongs to You, ”Zazz,” “The Lady’s Improving,” and “Barry is Going to Prom” – and two new tunes, the very up-tempo rap number “Wear Your Crown” and “Simply Love,” by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom, known for their award-winning music for Murphy’s TV series Glee and American Horror Story.
The Prom (Music from the Netflix Film) [Sony Music Masterworks] is available in digital formats; and will be released on CD December 18. The album will also be released in March in a 2-LP deluxe gatefold on purple colored vinyl.