The Tony-Award nominated hit musical, The Prom, is a true story about a lesbian teen who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom in rural Indiana. The school’s reaction kicks off a media circus over the right of queer teens to take whom they choose to school events.
Producer Ryan Murphy is adapting the show with Netflix starring Oscar-winners Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman along with Ariana Grande, Andrew Rannells, James Corden and Keegan-Michael Key. A nationwide search has been launched to cast the lead role of Emma, who wants to take Alyssa (played by Grande) to the prom. (Today is Grande’s birthday, btw…)
Streep and Corden will play the roles of flailing actors Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, Rannells and Kidman star as Dee Dee & Barry’s actor friends Tom and Angie and Key plays the school principal, Mr. Hawkins.
No news on whether Murphy will direct but Netflix announced the movie will start shooting later this year and hit theaters and stream in the of fall 2020.
Here’s the cast of The Prom performing The Night Belongs To You/It’s Time To Dance at this year’s Tony Awards with a big girl-on-girl smooch on prime-time TV at the end.
(Photos, Avalon; via Queerty)