The Prom

The Prom

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)

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Running time: 
2hrs 15mins (including 1 intermission)
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About The Prom:

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.

Book by Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin, with Music by Matthew Sklar and Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke
Casey Nicholaw
Natasha Katz
Brian Ronan
Scott Pask
Casey Nicholaw
Ann Roth & Matthew Pachtman
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)
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
The Prom Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
October 23, 2018
Opening date: 
November 15, 2018
August 11, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Longacre Theatre

220 West 48th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street or 50th Street stations

Latest The Prom News & Features

Photo credit: James Corden and Meryl Streep in The Prom (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
First trailer released for Netflix movie adaptation of ‘The Prom’
October 22, 2020

UPDATE: A new trailer for The Prom was released on Thanksgiving. Watch the new trailer below.    Ahead of The Prom arriving on Netflix later this year, the first trailer has been released. The movie adaptation, which was seen on Broadway last year, will be available to watch on Dec. 11, 2020, with a star-studded cast in the leading roles.

The Prom Netflix Movie adaptation
Film adaptation of ‘The Prom’ to stream on Netflix
September 15, 2020

The premiere date of the film adaptation of The Prom on Netflix has been announced, as well as its lead cast. The movie will be available on the streaming service from December 11th, starring numerous Tony Award winners and newcomers. Meryl Streep (Photo courtesy of Premier Comms)

The Cast of The Prom
Early closure notice posted for The Prom at the Longacre Theatre
June 20, 2019

Producers have posted an early closure notice for the Broadway premiere of The Prom, currently running at the Longacre Theatre. The production will now plays it final performance on August 11, 2019, and will have played a total of 23 previews and 310 regular performances upon closing. The Prom began previews on October 23, 2018, before an official opening on November 15.

Interview with The Prom star Beth Leavel
December 4, 2018

Tony Award winner Beth Leavel shares her thoughts on Broadway's smash hit musical...

Caitlin Kinnunen & Isabelle McCalla
NYTG at the Opening Night of The Prom on Broadway
November 16, 2018

The heavens opened over New York City yesterday and although the snow was falling by the bucketload, the reception for The Prom - Broadway's latest musical comedy - was anything but frosty!

Our The Prom Review

Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of the Broadway musical shines brighter onscreen, and Meryl Streep, James Corden, and the rest of the cast fill the screen with joy and acceptance. 

At the end of the first act, and then again after the last curtain call at the Longacre Theatre, my guest and I turned to each other and blurted out: "So much fun!" Short reviews have intrinsic value, and so I won’t be offended it you do not read on. Just go to The Prom. So much fun!