The lights of Broadway have gone dark, and won’t reopen anytime in 2020. For fans of the stage it’s been a tough time, but it’s good to know that Ryan Murphy is here to deliver some of the musical energy that’s been missing with his latest Netflix film, The Prom, an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play and boasting dazzling numbers from Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Andrew Rannells.
Murphy’s first film behind the camera since 2010’s Eat Pray Love is a celebration of LGBTQ pride, and centers on a group of down ‘n out theatre stars who look to make a name for themselves by helping an Indiana girl who just wants to take her girlfriend to prom. The cast includes Ariana DeBose, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Nico Greetham, Sofia Deler, and Nathaniel J. Potvin.
The Prom opens on Netflix on December 11th.
SYNOPSIS: Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome finds their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.