Netflix has released the official trailer for The Prom, a film adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name and all its sequined dresses, spotlights, flash mobs and confetti cannons.
Directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and with a screenplay adapted by Chad Beguelin and Bob Murphy (who wrote the lyrics and book-adaptation of the Broadway musical), The Prom is set to be available to stream in December. That’s less than a year after production began, despite having halted for several months earlier this year.
Loosely based on a true story, The Prom is an exciting new addition to Netflix’s surprisingly slim musical repertoire. The film comes complete with a glittering cast, including three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. She plays Dee Dee Allen, a glamorous Broadway has-been whose recent musical endeavour—an oddly-themed historical musical released with Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden)—has flopped after receiving scathing opening-night reviews.
In the quest for a charitable cause that will resurrect their image, Dee Dee and Barry descend on a conservative small-town Indiana high-school. Their goal? To help Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman), a lesbian student who has been banning from attending prom with her girlfriend Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).
Washed-up actress Angie, joining Dee Dee and Barry on their mission to spread goodwill, is played by Nicole Kidman, who recently starred alongside Streep in HBO’s Big Little Lies. Kidman joins Keegan-Michael Key and Broadway stalwart Andrew Rannels (The Book of Mormon) who round off The Prom’s unlikely but promising leading cast.
In a year marked by an overwhelming number of low-points, The Prom—with its trailer glowing in seductive hues of turquoise and plum—is sure to provide some light relief.
The Prom will be released on Netflix on 11 December.
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