Deadline reveals that Ryan Murphy will direct and produce a Netflix film adaptation of the 2019 Tony-nominated musical, “The Prom”, featuring a star-studded cast!
“The Prom” was nominated for 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It follows four long-ago famous Broadway actors who travel to the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, after reading about a lesbian student who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to the high school prom. It is written by Bob Martin (book) and Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics), with music and vocal arrangements by Matthew Sklar and original concept by Kack Viertel. The same team will be writing the script, music, and lyrics for the adaptation.
The film will star Meryl Streep (Dee Dee Allen), James Corden (Barry Glickman), Nicole Kidman (Angie Dickinson), and Andrew Rannels (Trent Oliver), together with Awkwafina (Ms. Sheldon), and Keegan-Michael Key (Principal Hawkins).
Deadline says that filming will begin this December. Murphy will be producing the film with Alexis Woodall, Bill Damaschke, and Dori Berinstein. He will also be producing the soundtrack along with Grande and her manager, Scooter Braun.
“The Prom” is set to close on Broadway on August 11, having played 23 previews and 310 regular performances.
Update, 06/27/19: This story originally mentioned that Ariana Grande would be playing Alyssa Greene. However, according to Billboard, she will no longer be involved due to conflicts with her tour schedule.