The new musical comedy The Prom, despite opening to critical acclaim last year and earning seven Tony Award nominations this spring, will pack up the streamers. The Broadway production will play its final performance at the Longacre Theatre August 11. At the time of closing, the musical will have played 23 previews and 310 regular performances.
The musical, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, opened officially November 15, 2018. Prior to its Broadway bow, it premiered in Atlanta in 2016 at the Alliance Theatre.
Featuring a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin and a score by Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, the musical tells the story of an Indiana high schooler barred from bringing her girlfriend to the prom—and the group of eccentric Broadway folk who infiltrate the town in an earnest, misguided attempt to fight the injustice.
The received Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Direction of a Musical, as well as nods for Leavel, Kinnunen, and Ashmanskas.
Though the musical will shutter on Broadway, the party will continue as the musical prepares for a national tour (launching in February 2021), secured a licensing deal with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and is slated to head to Netflix in a movie adaptation by Ryan Murphy. A Young Adult novel inspired by the show will also be released in September.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to bring this original musical comedy, full of heart and humor, to Broadway with this dream cast and creative team,” said producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane in a joint statement. “Since the earliest days in the journey of The Prom, we have known this story was something special. We are beyond thrilled that our story will continue beyond Broadway.”
Rounding out the company are Mary Antonini, Courtney Balan, Gabi Campo, Jerusha Cavazos, Shelby Finnie, Josh Franklin, Fernell Hogan, Joomin Hwang, Sheldon Henry, David Josefsberg, Becca Lee, Wayne Mackins, Kate Marilley, Vasthy Mompoint, Anthony Norman, Drew Redington, Jack Sippel, Teddy Toye, Kalyn West, and Brittany Zeinstra.
The production features sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Ann Roth and Matthew Pachtman, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound design by Brian Ronan, and orchestrations by Larry Hochman (with John Clancy providing additional orchestrations). Meg Zervoulis serves as music director. Casting is by Telsey + Co.