Broadway Musical “The Prom” Getting Queer YA Novel Adaptation

The hit show about high school lesbians is also being made into a Netflix movie.

It’s time to dance—and read!

A YA novel based on Broadway’s The Prom will be published this fall, EW reports.

Written by Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar, the ripped-from-the-headlines musical stars Caitlin Kinnunen as Emma, a small-town Indiana girl whose prom is canceled after she’s forbidden to bring girlfriend Alyssa (Isabelle McCalla) as her date. Enter a troupe of self-involved Broadway actors to save the day—whether the girls like it or not.

Published by the Penguin Young Readers’ Viking Children’s Books imprint, the adaptation will be penned by Saundra Mitchell (Defy the Dark, All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages), who has worked directly with the show’s three creators to translate its message of LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion from stage to page.

Ryan Murphy announced earlier this month that he was turning the hit show into a movie musical for Netflix.

“I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump,” he told the audience at a special performance benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD, and the Trevor Project. “I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting.”

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THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It's truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it's set in Indiana, and that's where I grew up, too. I'm thrilled to announce I'm turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I'm bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori.berinstein and the amazing creative team with me — Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee @sklarbar73 and Tony Award nominee @Chadbeg. See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I've ever seen on Broadway. @theprommusical

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The “huge Netflix movie event” is being targeted for a September 2020 premiere—right before the presidential election. “We want to change hearts, minds and votes,” Murphy explained.

Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, The Prom made history last year when its cast performed on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which aired on NBC, marking the event’s first televised LGBTQ kiss and polarizing viewers.

Cast members will also perform June 30 at the closing ceremony of the WorldPride celebration in New York City.

The Prom will be published September 10 and is now available for pre-order.
 

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