There have been a lot of setbacks for movie musical fans lately. COVID delayed West Side Story, Wicked lost its director, and Cats exists. But Netflix and Ryan Murphy are hoping to win over musical fans with The Prom.
The movie adapts the Broadway show for the streaming platform. It stars some huge names, including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Kerry Washington. Check out a first look at The Prom below.
If you’re unfamiliar with the plot of the musical, here’s the official description from Netflix:
Dee Dee Allen (Streep) and Barry Glickman (Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).
When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
The teaser trailer showcases a lot of fun, colorful imagery and a touch of campy humor. So, I’m pleasantly optimistic about this one.
The Prom releases in select theaters in December. It premieres on Netflix December 11.