Grab your corsage because it’s almost time to attend The Prom.
The first images from Netflix’s upcoming movie musical are here, and we’re about to crown Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep’s wigs as prom king and queen. The Prom is based on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name and directed by prolific producer Ryan Murphy. As NewNowNext previously reported, the movie adaptation stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, with Jo Ellen Pellman playing lead lesbian teen Emma Nolan.
In a new cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy revealed that his production is “about 25% different from the play,” including “some new dramatic scenes adding background to Streep’s, Kidman’s and Corden’s characters, and a sympathetic grandma for Pellman’s.” The prom dance in the movie will also feature 300 young LGBTQ extras in fierce formal wear.
The Prom was mere days away from finishing filming when production was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cast and crew reunited at the end of September to shoot the final scenes.
In the interview, Pellman said that she thinks the movie “shows LGBTQ kids across the world that they are worthy of a big, joyous happy ending.”
“In my career when I was starting off, if you wanted to do a gay movie or a gay TV show they would basically give you pennies,” Murphy told THR. “You had to beg, borrow and steal to make content that had LGBTQ characters. On The Prom, I never once had a conversation about, ’Mmm, it’s about a gay girl going to the prom. Let’s make it for X.’ It was treated like, ’Oh, this is a big movie.'” The Prom is scheduled to receive a theatrical release before its Netflix premiere, Murphy added, with money from screenings “going to multiple charities, including ones benefiting the Broadway community.”
Based on an original concept by Jack Viertel and written by Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar, the ripped-from-the-headlines musical is about Emma, a small-town Indiana girl whose prom is canceled after she’s forbidden to bring her girlfriend as her date. Enter a troupe of self-involved Broadway actors to save the day, whether the girls like it or not.
“I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump,” Murphy told the audience at a 2019 special performance benefiting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD, and The Trevor Project. “I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting.”
The Prom hits Netflix on December 7.