Give the lady a corsage!
Kerry Washington has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical The Prom, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
The Emmy-nominated Scandal star will party with previously announced Prom guests Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, and, depending on which outlets you trust, maybe Ariana Grande.
“Then something new happened and turned my life around entirely. And that's 'cause you happened.” We are singing with love and gratitude. From Atlanta to Broadway, we thank each and every one of you who visited us at #ThePromMusical! pic.twitter.com/l9hCLDH2E9
— Prom Musical (@ThePromMusical) August 11, 2019
Based on an original concept by Jack Viertel and written by Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar, the ripped-from-the-headlines musical is about Emma, a small-town Indiana girl whose prom is canceled after she’s forbidden to bring her girlfriend as her date. Enter a troupe of self-involved Broadway actors to save the day—whether the girls like it or not.
“I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump,” Murphy 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.”
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,” the prolific American Horror Story and Pose producer explained.
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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
The Prom is the first movie project announced under Murphy’s $300 million Netflix deal.
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.
Washington appeared on Broadway in the 2018 play American Son, which has also been adapted for Netflix.