The new musical comedy The Prom explores what happens when big Broadway personalities clash with a small Midwest town. Coming off a flop show, a group of performers find a new cause to keep their names on everybody’s lips: a Midwestern high schooler barred from attending her own prom because she wanted to bring her girlfriend.
Worlds collide, hilarity ensues, and everyone gets a lesson in acceptance with the help of song and dance.
“We loved the fact that there’s a political story—a real story—at the heart of the show, but there’s this absurd comic shell around it,” says book writer Bob Martin in the video above.
As director Casey Nicholaw explains, the heart of the story lies with Emma and Alyssa, the young lesbian couple thrust into the spotlight (played by Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla). As the two students navigate their own relationship—a tricky thing for any queer teen—adult forces magnify their plight from both sides. The PTA deems their actions immoral; the eccentric Broadway crew want to make them faces of social injustice.
As real Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, who plays fake Tony Award winner Dee Dee Allen says, “There’s never a bad time for a show about listening, loving, and tolerance.”
The Prom, by Martin, Chad Beguelin, and Matthew Sklar, begins October 23 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for November 15.