Meet the cast of star-studded Netflix original musical The Prom

The sparkly new project comes from prolific director Ryan Murphy.

James Corden and Meryl Streep star in The Prom on Netflix

Ryan Murphy has barely taken a breath and he’s got another blockbuster project on screens with Netflix‘s The Prom.

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The film is a remake of popular Broadway favourite of the same name and boasts a strong cast full of A-listers.

In The Prom, a couple of egotistical actors attempt to reignite their failing careers by helping out a high school student who was banned from her dance.

With Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden in the lead roles, here’s everything you need to know about The Prom cast and the characters they play.

Meryl Streep plays Dee Dee Allen

Meryl Streep stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Dee Dee Allen? Allen is a broadway star facing a career crisis, as her latest show has been a huge financial flop that threatens her reputation. Looking to revive her public image, she teams up with her co-star Barry Glickman to help a high schooler facing prejudice at her end of year dance.

What else has Meryl Streep been in? Streep is one of Hollywood’s best known stars, with three Academy Awards to her name and more than a dozen nominations. Her famous works include Sophie’s Choice, The Devil Wears Prada and Big Little Lies.

James Corden plays Barry Glickman

James Corden stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Barry Glickman? Glickman also stars in Allen’s disastrous Broadway production and it has also left his career in a tough spot. He joins Allen on her journey to a small-town Indiana high school, seeking some desperately needed good publicity.

What else has James Corden been in? Corden shot to fame as the co-creator and star of BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which returned for a wildly popular festive reunion last year. Since the show wrapped up, he has become a huge star in the United States, fronting both the Late Late Show and its spin-off Carpool Karaoke.

Nicole Kidman plays Angie Dickinson

Nicole Kidman stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Angie Dickinson? Dickinson is another cynical actor who gets swept up in the cause of high schooler Emma Nolan, hoping it will give her a professional boost.

What else has Nicole Kidman been in? Another Hollywood icon, Kidman has received widespread acclaim for her work in the likes of Moulin Rouge, The Hours and The Others. Most recently, she has had starring roles in HBO dramas Big Little Lies and The Undoing, both in collaboration with writer David E Kelley.

Jo Ellen Pellman plays Emma Nolan

Jo Ellen Pellman stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Emma Nolan? Emma is a high school girl who has been excitedly awaiting her end of year prom. However, she is told by the head of the PTA that she is not allowed to bring her girlfriend with her as a date, which causes a great deal of emotional distress. Hearing of her situation, a group of egotistical Broadway stars attempt to help resolve the issue.

What else has Jo Ellen Pellman been in? The Prom marks Pellman’s first major screen role.

Keegan-Michael Key plays Mr Hawkins

Keegan-Michael Key stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Mr Hawkins? Mr Hawkins is the principal of Emma’s high school, who supports her when she expresses her intention to bring her girlfriend to the prom. But they face opposition from the PTA, which prompts an intervention by the Broadway stars.

What else has Keegan-Michael Key been in? Since rising to fame as one half of the Key & Peele comedy double act, Key has gone on to starring roles in The Predator, Friends From College and fellow Netflix musical Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey.

Andrew Rannells plays Trent Oliver

Andrew Rannells stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Trent Oliver? Trent is another stage actor who joins Dee Dee and Barry on their mission to Indiana, hoping to help high schooler Emma Nolan (and gain some good press coverage in doing so).

What else has Andrew Rannells been in? Rannells has previously collaborated with director Ryan Murphy on The New Normal, Glee and Netflix’s The Boys in the Band film adaptation. Viewers may also recognise him from HBO’s Girls and Showtime’s Black Monday, where he currently stars opposite Don Cheadle.

Ariana DeBose plays Alyssa Greene

Ariana Debose stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Alyssa Greene? Alyssa is Emma’s girlfriend who attends the same Indiana high school. They are both heartbroken when they are told they cannot attend prom together by the head of the PTA.

What else has Ariana DeBose been in? DeBose was part of the cast of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking stage musical about the USA’s founding fathers.

Mary Kay Place plays Grandma Bea

Mary Kay Place at the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2020
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Who is Grandma Bea? Not featured in the original stage version of The Prom, Grandma Bea is a new addition for the film adaptation. She is the sympathetic grandmother of lead character Emma Nolan.

What else has Mary Kay Place been in? Place has been acting since the 1970s and has appeared in a number of major productions. Her recent projects include HBO drama Big Love, Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite and crime drama 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Kerry Washington plays Mrs Greene

Kerry Washington stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Mrs Greene? Mrs Greene is head of the PTA in her small Indiana town, who bans her daughter from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Emma.

What else has Kerry Washington been in? Washington shot to fame as the star of hit US drama Scandal, where she played crisis manager Olivia Pope. Her film projects include Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as well as 2005’s Fantastic Four and its sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Kevin Chamberlin plays Sheldon

Kevin Chamberlin stars in The Prom on Netflix
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Who is Sheldon? Sheldon is a publicist who works for the actors in need of a career boost.

What else has Kevin Chamberlin been in? Chamberlin is a renowned stage actor whose past screen roles include Frank in Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, as well as Bertram in Disney Channel series Jessie.

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The Prom is available to stream on Netflix from Friday 11th December. The soundtrack is available on CD from Amazon. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our guide to the best TV series on Netflix and best movies on Netflix, or visit our TV Guide.