The world-premiere engagement of the new musical comedy The Prom, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!), opened September 7 at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Part of Alliance's 2016-17 season, the production began previews August 18 and is scheduled to play through September 25.
Critics are filing their reviews, linked below. Playbill.com will add more links as reviews are posted:
The cast features Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Barry Glickman), Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (Dee Dee Alan), Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Trent Oliver), Anna Grace Barlow (Alyssa), Caitlin Kinnunen (Emma), Martin Moran (Mr. Hawkins), Angie Schworer (Angie) and Atlanta locals Courtenay Collins (Mrs. Green) and Josh Lamon (Sheldon Saperstein).
Ensemble members include Mary Antonini, Collins Conley, DeMarius R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Shelby Finnie, Josh Franklin, Damon J. Gillespie, Sheldon Henry, Josh Lamon, Becca Lee, Kate Marilley, Isabelle McCalla, Chris Medlin, Becca Petersen, Brendon Stimson, Teddy Toye, Aléna Watters and Michelle West.
The Prom, which is based on an original concept by Tony-winning producer 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, and Beguelin wrote some new lyrics for the Broadway production of Aladdin.
”Emma becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline— when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend,“ according to Alliance press notes. ”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 celebrities’ 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.”
For tickets and details of the upcoming season, visit Alliancetheatre.org.