FIRST LOOK: Netflix releases images of upcoming musical film ‘The Prom’

Published October 8, 2020, 2:54 PM

by Kerry Tinga

The film adaptation of the hit LGBTQ+ Broadway musical stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, among others

Tony Award-nominated Ariana DeBose (left) and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman (right) star as teen couple Alyssa Greene and Emma Nolan, respectively / NETFLIX © 2020

A junior or senior high prom is often the first time a young teen wears formal attire, dressing up like the adult they will soon be. It represents the perfect adult world that young teens imagine, a world that holds their ideals and beliefs to be true. So imagine when some old-fashioned adults enforce their own outdated views on you for prom?

That is exactly what happens in Netflix’s upcoming musical film, The Prom. Based on the hit, Tony-nominated musical of the same name, the film promises to be the hilarious and heartwarming LGBTQ+ acceptance story that the youth of today deserve.

The official synopsis of the film reads:

“Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James 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 flat-lined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (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 (Kerry 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 (Nicole 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 cast of The Prom with director Ryan Murphy (front row; second to the left) / NETFLIX ©2020

The film is directed and produced by Ryan Murphy, who has been a vocal advocate for more inclusivity in Hollywood. After striking a deal with Netflix, Murphy produced the film adaptation of the groundbreaking 1968 gay drama The Boys in the Band, and created the teen comedy-drama The Politician, the period drama Hollywood, and the psychological thriller Ratched. Through the major streaming platform, Murphy and Netflix consistently bring the overlooked stories of minorities to a wider audience.

The story of The Prom draws from real-life controversies where American teenagers were banned from attending their high school proms with their same-sex partners. While the musical and the upcoming film is filled with dazzling choreography, catchy tunes, and eye-catching production, they touch on youth issues that are relevant and necessary to confront.

Scroll through to check out these first-look images of Netflix’s The Prom:

Three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep (left) as Dee Dee Allen and Tony Award-winner James Corden as Barry Glickman / NETFLIX © 2020
Left to right: Tony Award-winner James Corden as Barry Glickman, Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman as Angie, Andrew Rannells as Trent, and three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen / NETFLIX © 2020
Three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen / NETFLIX © 2020
Left to right: Tony Award-winner James Corden as Barry Glickman, Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman as Angie, three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen, and Keegan-Michael Key as Tom Hawkins, the principal / NETFLIX © 2020
Tony Award-nominated Ariana DeBose (left) as Alyssa Greene and Kerry Washington (right) as Mrs. Greene, Alyssa’s mom and the head of the PTA / NETFLIX © 2020
Jo Ellen Pellman (left) as Emma Nolan and Tony Award-nominated Ariana DeBose (right) as Alyssa Greene / NETFLIX © 2020

‘The Prom’ premiers on Netflix on Dec. 11.

 
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