That bastard Covid-19 shut down production of THE PROM, the television adaptation of the popular LGBTQ themed Broadway musical that is being produced by TV wunderkind producer Ryan Murphy for Netflix. The musical, about a quartet of self-centered New York actors who go to a small town in Indiana to help a high school girl go to her prom with her girlfriend was a sleep hit in its original runs in New York and obviously very popular with gay audiences.
Happily, the cast of the TV adaptation was able to complete filming of the production this summer and Netflix announced this week the completed show would drop on December 11th.
On the sad side, the talented Broadway cast wasn’t cast for the TV edition but on the starry good side, a slew of big names were cast including Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells as the four Broadway actors along with Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, Tracey Ullman, and Mary Kay Place in supporting roles and Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose as they high school sweethearts.
Synopsis | 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.
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.