The Prom Information
Get suited up, folks! Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, the new musical comedy The Prom officially opened on Broadway on November 15, 2018, following previews from October 23.
This exuberant, original musical has wowed both critics and audience members a like and has established itself as a theatre geek's dream! Packed with in-jokes about the Broadway theatre community and its colorful players, The Prom lovingly pokes fun at itself and the industry in general and is widely regarded as a love letter to Broadway. This element of the production is an added bonus for those in the know. For the more occasional theatregoer, The Prom offers up a universal message of love and breaking down barriers.
A high school student named Emma wants to take her girlfriend as her date to the prom at her local high school in Edgewater, Indiana, to the shock horror of the school's PTA members. She is therefore excluded from the celebrations and a motley crew of Broadway actors (desperate for some positive publicity) come rushing to her aid to fight a noble cause (albeit for self-centered motivations). In this simple premise, two worlds collide as Old School Broadway meets Middle America "High School Musical" in a clash of ideologies and cultures. These worlds are also brilliantly reflected in Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin's hybrid score which merges old school (numbers such as "Zazz" and "The Lady's Improving") with high school musical ("Tonight Belongs to You" and "Time to Dance") effortlessly. The latter numbers are also enhanced by Casey Nicholaw's signature, frenetic choreography in the hands (and feet) of this uber-talented ensemble.
Of course, the Indiana townsfolk learn a lesson in acceptance, but the Broadway veterans also learn a valuable lesson of their own... namely, that it isn't always about them! Sometimes the spotlight needs to be shone on the injustices of the world and The Prom is doing its bit to shine its own dazzling spotlight at the Longacre Theatre.
If you've ever felt like an outsider; if you've ever felt misunderstood or alone; or if you just can't get enough of an 11 o'clock number, then this Prom is one you really don't want to miss!
The world premiere production of The Prom was staged at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, in 2016.
(Photos by Deen Van Meer)
We've got trouble, folks, right here in Indiana and when Broadway's brassiest hear a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom – and the press is involved – they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. A new musical comedy about the power of love (and a good 11 o'clock number), The Prom is about so much more than just a dance.
2hr 15min (incl. intermission)
October 23rd, 2018
August 11th, 2019
October 23rd, 2018
Cast and creative
By: Book by Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin, with Music by Matthew Sklar and Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Director: Casey Nicholaw
Producer: Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke
Cast list: Brooks Ashmanskas (as Barry Glickman), Beth Leavel (as Dee Dee Allen), Christopher Sieber (as Trent Oliver), Caitlin Kinnunen (as Emma), Isabelle McCalla (as Alyssa Greene), Michael Genet (as Mr. Hawkins), Angie Schworer (as Angie), Courtenay Collins (as Mrs. Greene), and Josh Lamon (as Sheldon Saperstein)
Design: Scott Pask
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Costume: Ann Roth & Matthew Pachtman
Choreography: Casey Nicholaw
Sound: Brian Ronan
Other info: Orchestrations by Larry Hochman, Music Direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Wig & Hair
Design: by Josh Marquette, and Make-up
Design: by Milagros Medina-Cerdeira