The Prom, a musical about high school queer love, is coming to Broadway this fall. First-look photos were published today. Here’s what we know about the show opening this October.
What is The Prom about?
The musical tells the story of an Indiana high schooler banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom— and the group of eccentric Broadway folk who infiltrate the town in an earnest, misguided attempt to fight the injustice. They want to help, sure, but mostly they want to soak up the good press and be relevant again.
Who created The Prom?
The show — an original from Jack Viertel, co-scripted by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Chad Beguelin (Elf, Aladdin) with music by Matthew Sklar — is directed and directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Nicholaw was just Tony-nominated for his directing and choreography work on Mean Girls, so we’re sure this is going to be another example of his great work.
Who is in The Prom?
Reprising their performances from the 2016 Atlanta world premiere will be Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Brooks Ashmanskas, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon and Courtenay Collins. Joining them for the Broadway bow is Michael Potts.
Some of the roles were actually written for the people who are starring in them. “Because we created it from scratch and we knew we wanted to use some of these people, we’ve been able to write for them. And they’ve been instrumental in it, in the writing of it,” Nicholaw says. “They are so funny and so ridiculously moving at the same time. You also see Beth Leavel being brassy and you always see Brooks Ashmanskas clowning around, but you feel for them so much.”
When does The Prom open?
The new musical comedy The Prom has pushed back its Broadway start date. Preview performances will now begin October 23 (instead of the previously reported October 21); opening night is still set for November 15 at the Cort Theatre.
The creative team have been working on The Prom for five years now, and staged it in Atlanta for a couple of them. They were worried that the show wouldn’t be relevant any longer, but then they found out it may be relevant now more than ever. “It’s one of those weird things,” Nicolaw says. “At one point it’s super topical and then two years later it wasn’t as topical. And we thought, ‘Yikes, has our time passed?’ Then all of a sudden now it’s more topical than it ever was. Thanks are in order, I suppose, to Justice Kennedy.”