The Prom, a new musical comedy which will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) this month opens what is being billed as a pre-Broadway production at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. The cast features Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, Tony winner Beth Leavel and Tony nominee Christopher Sieber.
As previously announced, the production will play the Atlanta venue August 18-September 25. Opening night is September 7.
Check out new photos of the leads, above and below:
The Prom, which is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, was penned by Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics), Bob Martin (book) and Matthew Sklar (music). Martin is the Tony-winning co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone. Beguelin and Sklar previously collaborated on The Wedding Singer.
Here’s how production notes bill the new Broadway-aimed show: “In The Prom, Emma becomes an instant outcast – and a national headline – when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice – and maybe get some good publicity along the way – a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma's small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they –or Emma – could have ever imagined. Cultures clash and the town erupts in chaos. The community's reputation, Emma's future, and the actors' careers all hang in the balance, until a true hero emerges to save the day. Uproarious and ultimately uplifting, this new musical proves that standing up for yourself – and inspiring others to accept their differences – can make you the star you were always meant to be.”
In-rehearsal performance of “You Happened”:
In-rehearsal performance of “Tonight Belongs to You”:
Though it’s being promoted as a pre-Broadway engagement, no dates or theatre for a Broadway production have been announced. An Alliance spokesperson told Playbill.com August 8, “The creative team and the producers have their sights on Broadway, but that’s all we know right now.”
The Atlanta staging is being presented in association with producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke.
For more information, visit alliancetheatre.org/prom.