Meryl Streep Is Barely Recognizable in the First Cast Pic From Netflix's "The Prom"

Meryl Streep Is Barely Recognizable in the First Cast Pic From Netflix's "The Prom"
Meryl Streep Is Barely Recognizable in the First Cast Pic From Netflix's "The Prom"
Elena Nicolaou
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From Oprah Magazine

  • The Prom was originally a Broadway musical, and is now is becoming a movie on Netflix directed by Ryan Murphy.

  • Murphy shared a first look of the star-studded cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Kerry Washington, filming The Prom during quarantine.

  • Here's what we know about The Prom, from its synopsis to its expected release date.

Chances are, if you went to high school in the United States, you have a memory from prom. Maybe it's of going. Maybe it's of not going. But no matter what, prom is a rite of passage for high school seniors.

The new Netflix movie The Prom is bound to dredge up all those memories—and set them to music. The Prom was originally a Broadway musical, written by Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar, that ran on the Great White Way from 2018 to 2019, and racked up seven Tony noms. As part of his reported $300-million deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy is bringing a star-studded movie adaptation of the musical to the streaming service, along with period pieces like Hollywood and documentaries like A Secret Love.

Here's what you need to know about The Prom. Permission to pretend that Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Kerry Washington were at your high school dance, has been granted.

Expect The Prom to come out around the holidays.

How do we know? Look no further than Murphy's Instagram post. Murphy indicated that the cast has gathered to finish filming—taking safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, of course.

His caption ends with a telling sentence: "Christmas is right around the corner..." Looks like The Prom will be a gift from Murphy and Netflix, for all of us in need of a pop culture pick-me-up. A trailer has yet to be released—but we'll be monitoring Murphy's Instagram closely.

The Prom began as a Tony Award-nominated Broadway show.

Gear up for a movie musical! The Prom premiered in August 2016, and ran for nearly three years. In his rave review for the New York Times, critic Jesse Green wrote, "With its kinetic dancing, broad mugging and belty anthems, [The Prom] makes you believe in musical comedy again." Perhaps the glowing words are an inevitability: The Prom's creative team also worked on recent acclaimed works like Aladdin, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Mean Girls.

Eventually, the musical comedy was nominated for a total of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Direction of a Musical. Though The Prom didn't pick up any wins, it did get a prominent movie adaptation. A national tour was scheduled to launch in February 2021, but may be affected due to the coronavirus.

Here's a brief synopsis.

Let's set the scene in Edgewater, Indiana. Emma is a high school senior with a simple dream: Taking her girlfriend to prom. Unfortunately, Emma must launch an entire crusade against her school district's conservative PTA to make it happen.

Meanwhile, in New York, a group of washed-up and narcissistic Broadway actors decide they need a spurt of good publicity after a lot of the opposite kind. What better cause to get involved with than one teenager's fight for equal rights? The actors fly into Indiana, and insert themselves into Emma's cause. Chaos and catchy songs ensue. But there's also a tremendous amount of heart.

One of the show's writers, Chad Beguelin tells OprahMag.com, "LGBTQ rights were and are being threatened, and now the story seems more important than ever. The message about acceptance and learning to listen to one another feels desperately important."

The star-studded cast includes Meryl Streep and James Corden.

The cast. The cast. We're just going to list the cast, so you can soak up all of those Hollywood juices.

First up, the New York-based set of characters, who rent a tour bus to drive to Indiana. James Cordon plays Barry Glickman, a Broadway star whose star is rapidly fading. Meryl Streep's character, Dee Dee Allen, is a diva as known for her narcissism and her talent. Nicole Kidman's Angie Schworer is friends with Barry and Dee Dee, but has never graduated from the chorus line in Chicago. Like Angie, Andrew Rannell's character hasn't made it big on Broadway. Awkwafina plays a publicist.

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

Now, over to Indiana. Keegan Michael-Key will play the school's principle. Kerry Washington will be in villain mode as Mrs. Green, a PTA mom leading the charge against Emma.

The show will also include some up-and-comers. Jo Ellen Pellman, a recent graduate from a musical theater program at the University of Michigan (where Darren Criss studied), will star as Emma. Ariana DeBose—a.k.a. the Bullet in Hamilton—will play Alyssa, Emma's girlfriend who has not come out. Logan Riley Hassel, Sofia Deler, Nico Greetham, and Nathaniel J. Potvin will have supporting roles.

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The Prom's original cast included Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Brooks Ashmanskas, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon, and Courtenay Collins.

In the meantime, you can listen to the soundtrack now.

You can enjoy The Prom before the movie comes out by listening to the Broadway recording, available to stream on Spotify or purchase on Amazon, the Apple Music Store, and beyond.

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