Grab your corsage and make sure it’s on—ahem—straight because The Prom is headed from stage to screen.
Prolific producer Ryan Murphy hosted a special performance of the Broadway musical on Tuesday, April 9, and at the end of his introduction of the show he revealed he would be turning the show into a movie musical for Netflix.
“I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting,” Murphy told the audience. He recalled seeing the show back in December, knowing nothing about the musical before he took his seat. “I was absolutely blown away by Casey’s work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding.”
Tuesday night’s special charity performance of The Prom benefited the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. The audience was filled with LGBTQ youth and some big Hollywood names including Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gus Kenworthy, Jane Krakowski, Ben Platt, Janet Mock, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, and Mj Rodriguez.
Murphy added that his Netflix adaptation is going to be a “huge Netflix movie event” and is being targeted for a September 2020 premiere—right before the next presidential election. “We want to change hearts, minds and votes,” he explained.
As NewNowNext previously reported: The Prom is 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 Emma, 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.”
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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 already made history last year when the show’s cast performed on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and their musical number featured the first LGBTQ kiss in the parade’s telecast history.