Rumours are swirling Theatreland that The Prom, the Broadway musical that was turned into a glitzy Netflix TV movie, is gearing up for a West End run.
It definitely falls into the bracket of “post pandemic feel-good shows” and could be great for a West End run, especially while Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is out of town at the moment.
The Prom opened at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in November 2018 and lasted 333 performances, shuttering August 11, 2019.
It got great reviews on Broadway, and scooped seven Tony Award nominations and bagged the Drama Desk Best Musical award.
The show boasts a respected crew of creators, including Tony Award winner Bob Martin (Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin) who wrote the book, with Chad also writing lyrics, and music by Tony Award nominee Matthew Sklar (Elf the Musical).
The Prom is inspired by true events – notably the 2010 controversy about aMississippi high school lesbian who wanted to take her girlfriend to the school prom. In the show,when the prom gets canceled and the story makes headlines, a group of veteran Broadway performers come to the rescue.
Make it happen people! And we can spend hours fantasy casting who could play Meryl Streep, James Corden and Nicole Kidman (cut us some slack: the Netflix version is the only one we’ve seen).