Ryan Murphy is set to turn Broadway musical The Prom into a “movie event,” adapting the hit production for streaming giant Netflix.
The musical comedy began life in Atlanta, Georgia, and transferred to the New York stage in October 2018. It tells the story of a group of Broadway actors who adopt the cause of an Indiana teen called Emma whose school prom was cancelled because she wanted to bring a same-sex partner.
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Murphy is known for shows including Glee, Feud, American Crime Story, Scream Queens and Pose, currently airing on BBC2.
On Instagram, he told followers that The Prom “is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway.”
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Murphy added: “It’s truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it’s set in Indiana, and that’s where I grew up, too. I’m thrilled to announce I’m turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix.”
Murphy also revealed that the creative team behind the play will be helping it make the transition to Netflix, with producers Bill Damaschke and Dori Berinstein on board alongside director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, musician Matthew Sklar and lyricist Chad Beguelin.
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THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It's truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it's set in Indiana, and that's where I grew up, too. I'm thrilled to announce I'm turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I'm bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori.berinstein and the amazing creative team with me — Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee @sklarbar73 and Tony Award nominee @Chadbeg. See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I've ever seen on Broadway. @theprommusical
“It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most show-stopping direction, choreography and performances I’ve ever seen on Broadway,” Murphy said.