Ryan Murphy Adapts Broadway Musical “The Prom” for Netflix

by Matthew Escosia
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Hollywood just can’t get enough of musicals, from recent critical favorites like Rocketman (2019) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018), to remakes of cartoon classics like Aladdin and The Lion King (both 2019), and even stage-to-screen adaptations like Hamilton (2020) and Cats (2019). The latest Broadway musical to make its on-screen debut is Netflix’s adaptation of The Prom, a beloved 2016 musical following four Broadway actors as they set to reinvigorate their careers, and a high school student fighting for her right to attend senior prom with her girlfriend.

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Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.

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Directed by Ryan Murphy and also starring Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Nico Greetham, Sofia Deler, and Nathaniel J. Potvin, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin; the film is produced by Ryan Murphy, Dori Berinstein, Bill Damaschke, Alexis Martin Woodall and Adam Anders.

Catch your first look at the star-studded musical below.

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Don’t miss The Prom as it premieres on Netflix on December 11.

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