Based on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name and directed by Ryan Murphy, the hit TV show creator behind Glee, American Horror Story, The Politician, and Ratched (among others), The Prom tells of a troupe of self-obsessed theater stars (Kidman, Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells) who turn up at a small conservative Indiana town to support a high school girl wanting to take her girlfriend to the prom. Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose, the latter of whom was in the Hamilton ensemble and will be playing Anita in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story, play the girls wanting to attend prom together.
There’s a potentially toe-tapping, feel-good time to be had with the energy, humour and song & dance numbers teased at in the trailer below. And with that narrative, there’s also a clear message of acceptance – one close to home for Murphy.
“This movie is about, for these two young women, the first time they stood up for themselves and declared who they were and they got to go to their prom,” Murphy said in an interview with EW. “I wish this movie existed when I was that age. Because I wasn’t allowed to go to my prom. Every person in the world has longed to have that experience go well and to be told, ‘You look great. You can love who you love, and all the adults around you support you,’ so I just think it’s a universal idea. For me, it was a personal reason, the Indiana connection.”
Also starring Keegan-Michael Key and Kerry Washington, The Prom will be hitting Netflix and select US cinemas on December 11th.
Official synopsis for The Prom:
Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winnerJames 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, Nico Greetham Logan Riley, Nathaniel J. Potvin and Sofia Deler, 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, Alexis Martin Woodall, Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke.