“The Prom” Features First LGBTQ Kiss on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Telecast

The first in the parade's 92-year history.

Today is Thanksgiving, a day full of traditions like turkey, family dinner and the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Every year casts from some of the biggest hits on Broadway perform during the parade. This year there were numbers from Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, and The Prom—the latter featuring a same-sex kiss between a lesbian couple, central to the show’s plot. According to Prom cast member Josh Lamon, it was the first LGBTQ kiss in the parade’s history.

As NewNowNext previously reported: 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.”

During the parade telecast The Prom cast performed the show’s rousing closing number, “Time to Dance,” which features Emma kissing her girlfriend, Alyssa.
 

“Broadway’s The Prom is grateful to Macy’s and NBC for their acceptance and inclusivity of a community and a story that is about acceptance, tolerance and love,” the musical’s producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane told Entertainment Weekly in a joint statement. “These are some of the themes reflected in our musical comedy and we are very proud to be the very first LGBTQ kiss on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

The musical is all about acceptance, but not everyone on Twitter was happy about two girls kissing on national television:

Others on Twitter, including Macy’s, did not agree and were happy to see the message of love broadcasted during the annual holiday tradition:

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