Somebody spike the punch!
Following its world premiere last year at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, The Prom, a musical about high school lesbians, is now headed to Broadway, Playbill reports.
Written by Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer), the ripped-from-the-headlines musical “takes place in a small Indiana town, where a prom is canceled after the high school forbids a female student from bringing her girlfriend,” according to an official synopsis. “When a group of eccentric Broadway actors hear her story, they travel to the community in an earnest—if possibly misguided—attempt to correct the injustice.”
Reviewing The Prom’s Atlanta engagement, Variety called it “loopy, loving, and joyous,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described it as “a crowd-pleasing spectacle with a well-intentioned message.”
Producer Dori Berinstein discussed the project earlier this year during a panel at BroadwayCon. “We intentionally went to Atlanta because we wanted a very diverse audience,” she said. “We wanted to be in an environment where that issue might be challenging for some people; we wanted to test it in front of an audience who weren’t all, ‘Yay, go lesbian proms!’”
Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, who is also helming the Mean Girls musical, will return to direct and choreograph The Prom. The Atlanta cast included Tony winner Beth Leavel and Tony nominee Christopher Sieber, but casting for the Broadway premiere will be announced at a later date.
Opening night for The Prom is set for November 15, 2018, at an unspecified Shubert theatre.
Although lesbian stories are a rarity on Broadway, lesbian-inclusive shows Fun Home and Indecent have earned great acclaim in recent seasons.