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POP REVIEW: ‘The Prom’ Comes To Broadway At Exactly The Right Time

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Prom night is different for everyone. For some, prom is the highlight of their high school experience. For others, it is a night where you get mistaken for the bouncer because you thought it’d be best to wear all black despite being shaped like a line backer…I’ve heard…No matter what your prom was like though I can assure you that The Prom on Broadway is a guaranteed great time you’ll never want to forget.

The hit, new musical follows the story of Emma who lives and attends high school in a small town in Indiana. After discovering that Emma wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom, the PTA swiftly cancels the prom entirely. News of the discrimination explodes on social media and catches the attention of four Broadway actors who are in dire need of some good publicity to help reinvigorate their careers. With their publicist in tow, the fabulous foursome head to Indiana to defend Emma and ultimately get their name in the press. I won’t spoil the rest but needless to say there are lessons to be learned for all parties involved.

I was lucky enough to see the show earlier this week and I have to say I haven’t been this happy about a high school prom since…well ever. The Prom is a toe tapping good time filled with big production numbers and even bigger laughs. Here are the top three reasons I think this show is a must see:

The cast

The Prom has so much star power it’ll make your head spin right off its Fosse neck. The fierce foursome that head to Indiana are Broadway veterans Brooks Ashmanskas (Barry Glickman), Beth Leavel (Dee Dee Allen), Christopher Sieber (Trent Oliver) and Angie Schworer (Angie). Each one of these stars have a moment…or moments rather…that showcase their talents so perfectly. Brooks has his banter. Beth has her belting. Christopher has his charms. And Angie has her zazz (insert jazz hand here). Adding to an already captivating cast is Emma played by Caitlyn Kinnunen, who adds such purity to her teenaged role. There is not one “star of the show” with this one. The entire cast works together beautifully to capture the audience.

The laughs

A musical about a discriminated, teenaged lesbian might not sound like a rip roaring good time but that is the brilliance behind this show. Sure the very serious topics of homophobia, discrimination and apathy are covered but the audience never feels burdened because there is always another big laugh right around the corner. The real world is terrifying right now but The Prom uses humor to remind audiences that a smile is always just moments away.

The timeliness

It’s hard to believe that in 2018 there are still “firsts” being accomplished. Well, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured it’s first same-sex kiss in history when the cast of The Prom performed “Time To Dance” during it’s first hour. While this is a major milestone for the LBGTQ community, I’m surprised that the kiss has taken this long. Because of this, The Prom is more relevant than ever. In the current political climate the rights of the LBGTQ community are no longer guaranteed. While the show might just be about a prom in a small town of Indiana, the message of acceptance it delivers rings loud and clear throughout our entire nation.

For more information on The Prom click here! And for even more snippets from the show click on the video below. “Life’s no dress rehearsal” so act fast and see the show that is literally on everyone’s lips!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ryan Murphy Announces Netflix Film Adaptation Of ‘The Prom’

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At a charity performance on Tuesday, Ryan Murphy took to the stage to announce his plans to adapt the Broadway musical for Netflix. Theater lovers everywhere were like:

Back in November a new musical hit Broadway and before you knew it everyone wanted to be back in high school. The Prom follows an Indiana teen who simply wants to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom. Once the PTA catches wind of the news, the openly gay teen is banned from going to dance altogether. A gaggle of Broadway performers with questionable intentions decide to head to Indiana to help the teen get to the prom of her dreams. The musical made history when the cast performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and featured the parade’s first same-sex kiss ever. The shows jam packed with talent as it is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and features such stars as Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla.

On Tuesday, there was a benefit performance at the Longacre Theatre which helped raise money for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. Ryan Murphy hosted the special performance and it was there where he made the big announcement. Murphy obtained the rights to turn The Prom into a Netflix film! It’s no surprise that Murphy has chosen to take on this project as he is a huge advocate for LBGT+ community having created such inclusive projects such as PoseThe Normal Heart, and Glee. The audience – filled with celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski, Ben Platt, Gus Kenworthy, Sandra Bernhard, Laura Dreyfuss, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, MJ Rodriguez, and Christian Siriano – went wild when they heard the news. Murphy told the overjoyed crowd:

“I know, it’s exciting. I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting. I was absolutely blown away by Casey’s work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding. I wish this show was around when I was a kid.”

It remains to be seen if any of the Broadway cast will appear in the film but what has been confirmed is the expected release date; September 2020. It’s no coincidence that the release date falls right around the 2020 election as Murphy closed his speech by saying “We want to change hearts, minds and votes.”

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ben Platt’s Diverse Music Video For ‘Temporary Love’ Will Bring You To Tears

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The tears streaming down my face certainly don’t feel temporary! Broadway and film star, Ben Platt, just released a music video for his latest single, “Temporary Love,” and it is the true definition of #feelgoodFriday. Not only is the song a beautiful one, the video has caused several coworkers of mine to ask if I’m alright because I have been staring at my computer teary eyed for what it is certainly too long for any workplace.

“Temporary Love” is the fourth single from the Dear Evan Hansen star’s debut album, Sing To Me Instead. The music video, directed by Nick Lieberman, features various, romantic couples of all ages, races and orientations. The powerful imagery and the song’s message combined with Platt’s velvety smooth voice is enough to tug at anyone’s heart strings.

Sing To Me Instead will be released on March 29th and will feature previous singles “Grow As We Go,” “Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind.” Click below to watch the beautiful music video!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Jeremy Jordan And Laura Osnes Team Up In “The Next Ten Minutes Ago” To Create A Mashup That Will Restore Your Faith In Love

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Who could have thought pairing one of Broadway’s hottest heartthrob’s with a literal Princess would create the romantic mashup to end all romantic mashups? I could. It’s really kind of obvious, you guys.

The web series R&H Goes Pop! releases music videos featuring contemporary twists on classic Rodgers & Hammerstein songs. For this installment, Broadway stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes combined their beautiful talents to perform a mashup of “Ten Minutes Ago” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and “The Next Ten Minutes” from Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Jeremy starred in the film version of the Jason Robert Brown favorite and Laura Osnes was Cinder-freaking-ella on Broadway!

The mashup is beautiful and I suggest you warn your cubicle neighbor…they may hear sniffle halfway through. Click below to hear two of Broadway’s finest!

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