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The Prom

“Joyous and affectionate”

Casey Nicholaw is currently Broadway’s most prolific director/choreographer. He adds a fourth title to his portfolio with this joyously affectionate musical.

Like his most recent hit here Mean Girls it has a high school theme, but it’s a very different show, far more low-key. Though no Broadway show is ever exactly low budget, this show’s invests more in its characters than its sets.

As with Nicholaw’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone,this is a knowing, self-referential musical about recognisable show business types; it also shares the asset of its originality, not being based on a previous existing source.

Owing something to the Glee and Smash television franchises, it takes Broadway types and tropes on the road to a small-town Indiana community wrestling with societal change and promoting a story of lesbian acceptance.

The Prom tells the story of an American teenager who wants to take her girlfriend to the school prom, against the wishes of the school’s governors.

There are similarities to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, though the support comes not from family as in Jamie, but from four graspingly ambitious Broadway types, trying to generate a publicity campaign of outrage on her behalf in order to promote themselves.

The stage time is more theirs than hers. A quartet of Broadway veterans play a faded diva (Beth Leavel), a chorine (Angie Schworer), who is determined to keep going long past her sell-by date, a Broadway publicist (Josh Lamon) and a Juilliard-trained actor-turned-professional waiter (Christopher Sieber). These four pull out all the comic stops – and most of the cliches too.

And though there’s much less angst in The Prom than in Fun Home, it’s heartening to see a second musical about the lesbian experience on Broadway.

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Production Details
Production nameThe Prom
VenueLongacre Theatre
LocationNew York
StartsOctober 23, 2018
EndsOctober 20, 2019
Running time2hrs 30mins
ComposerMatthew Sklar
Book writerBob Martin, Chad Beguelin
LyricistChad Beguelin
DirectorCasey Nicholaw
ChoreographerCasey Nicholaw
Set designerScott Pask
Lighting designerNatasha Katz
Sound designerBrian Ronan
CastAngie Schworer, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Caitlin Kinnunen, Christopher Sieber, Isabelle Mccall
ProducerBill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, Jack Lane Et Al
VerdictOriginal Broadway musical with a warm heart and a strong message of acceptance
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