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The Prom (2020 film)

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The Prom
Directed byRyan Murphy
Based onThe Prom
by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
  • Meryl Streep
  • James Corden
  • Andrew Rannells
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Awkwafina
  • Keegan-Michael Key
Music byMatthew Sklar
Chad Beguelin
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 2020 (2020)
CountryUnited States

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The Prom is an upcoming American musical comedy-drama film directed by Ryan Murphy, based on the Broadway musical of the same name and slated for release in 2020, streaming on Netflix. Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina and Keegan-Michael Key are set to play main roles.[1]

The project is the first film under Murphy's $300 million deal with Netflix, and fifth overall.[2][3]


The film is based on the same premise as the musical of the same name, that uses music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin, based on an original concept by Jack Viertel.[4] The musical, a fan favorite,[5] made its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016 and premiered on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in October 2018. The musical received seven Tony Award nominations,[5] four Drama Desk Award nominations, and won for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The show will close in August 2019 without making a profit.[5]

The original Broadway cast recording was released in December 2018. A national tour of the show will begin February 2021 in Providence, Rhode Island.[6]

A young adult novel adaptation of the show will be released September 2019, from Penguin Young Readers’ Viking Children’s Books. Saundra Mitchell will write it, working with the show's creators to transform the musical to print.[7][8]

CNN notes the film project is on “theme with Murphy's advocacy for more inclusivity in Hollywood” including his spearheading the 2017 Half Initiative, to “create equal representation for women and minorities behind the camera”.[9]


Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep), a two-time Tony Award winner, partners with Barry Glickman (James Corden) in a musical about politician Eleanor Roosevelt which ultimately fails.[1] They each receive “career-ending reviews”, and opt to revive their livelihoods by finding a charity cause to get behind.[1] They’re joined in the effort by Broadway theater veteran chorus girl Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman), and unlucky actor Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells).[2] They find a cause in Emma Nolan, a lesbian who is a senior in high school prevented from taking her girlfriend to the prom.[10] The Broadway quartet goes to Edgewater, Indiana, a fictional conservative town,[5] to help the lesbian teenagers.[2] Aiding them is Ms. Sheldon (Awkwafina) their publicist.[1]

In Indiana we meet “a popular daughter of the head of the parent-teacher association (PTA)”, Alyssa Greene, as well as the head of the school, Principal Hawkins (Keegan-Michael Key) who is both Allen’s love interest and straight ally for Emma.[1]


  • Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen
  • James Corden as Barry Glickman
  • Andrew Rannells as Trent Oliver
  • Nicole Kidman as Angie Dickinson
  • Awkwafina as Ms. Sheldon, a publicist
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Mr. Hawkins, the school's principal
  • Ariana Grande as Alyssa Greene (uncertain)


Murphy announced plans for the adaptation during a charity performance of the musical at New York's Longacre Theatre in April 2019.[11][12]

On June 25, 2019, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman were revealed to be cast as the four leads with Keegan-Michael Key as the school principal and Awkwafina as publicist Ms. Sheldon (a genderswap on Sheldon Saperstein of the stage production).[2][13] Ariana Grande was initially cast as Alyssa Greene, a popular but closeted cheerleader and Emma's girlfriend, but complications with the Sweetener World Tour have rendered her potentially unavailable (her involvement is still uncertain).[14]

As of June 2019, filming is set to start in December 2019, for a fall 2020 release.[1]


The Prom is due for release via Netflix in late 2020 to allow for theaters to show it during awards eligibility season, and prior to it being streamed.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Ryan Murphy Sets Netflix 'Prom' Musical: Streep, Corden, Kidman, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Key, Rannells To Star". Deadline. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Vlessing, Etan (June 25, 2019). "Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman Lead Cast for Ryan Murphy's 'The Prom' Movie at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  3. Daw, Stephen (June 25, 2019). "Ryan Murphy Casts Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman & More in Netflix's 'The Prom' Adaptation". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  4. Bryant, Kenzie (June 13, 2018). "First Look: The Prom Will Bring Gay Teen Romantic Farce to Broadway This Fall". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman to Star in Ryan Murphy's 'The Prom' at Netflix". Variety. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  6. McPhee, Ryan (June 17, 2019). "Broadway's The Prom Will Embark on a National Tour". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  7. McPhee, Ryan (April 22, 2019). "Broadway's The Prom to Be Adapted Into a Young Adult Novel". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  8. "Broadway Musical "The Prom" Getting Queer YA Novel Adaptation | NewNowNext". www.newnownext.com. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  9. Friedlander, Whitney (June 25, 2019). "Ryan Murphy adapting 'The Prom' for Netflix with all-star cast". CNN. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  10. "Ryan Murphy Sets Netflix 'Prom' Musical: Streep, Corden, Kidman, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Key, Rannells To Star". Deadline. 2019-06-25. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  11. Gardner, Chris (April 9, 2019). "Ryan Murphy Sets Movie Adaptation of Broadway Musical 'The Prom' at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  12. Peikert, Mark (April 9, 2019). "Broadway's The Prom to Become Netflix Movie Event". Playbill. ISSN 0551-0678. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  13. Friedlander, Whitney (June 25, 2019). "Meryl Streep set to star in Ryan Murphy's all-star adaptation of 'The Prom'". CNN. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  14. Rossignol, Derrick. "Updated: Ariana Grande Will Not Be Involved In Netflix's Musical Adaptation Of 'The Prom'". Uproxx. Retrieved June 25, 2019.

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