LGBTI musical The Prom announces closing date on Broadway
The Prom, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards this year, announced its closing on Broadway in August.
With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Bob Martin, The Prom opened on Broadway last October.
It follows Indiana high school student Emma (Kinnunen) who got her senior prom cancelled because she wanted to attend with another girl as her date.
Meanwhile, in New York, four down on their luck Broadway stars hear about Emma’s story. They decide to travel to Indiana in support of her — and as an opportunity to improve their careers.
After winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical earlier this month, The Prom will close on Broadway on 11 August.
‘It has been an honor and a privilege to bring this original musical comedy, full of heart and humor, to Broadway with this dream cast and creative team,’ said producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane in a joint statement.
‘Since the earliest days in the journey of The Prom, we have known this story was something special. We are beyond thrilled that our story will continue beyond Broadway.’
Not the end
As the producers referenced in their statement, The Prom is continuing its life past Broadway.
It’s currently preparing to launch its national tour and Ryan Murphy is adapting it as a movie for Netflix.
The Prom also has an impact on both audience members and its cast with the representation it offered. Lead star of the show, Caitlin Kinnuen, came out while appearing on Broadway.
Not the only one
Another musical is also closing on 11 August, the Joe Iconis show Be More Chill.
In Be More Chill, high school nerd Jeremy Heere ingests a computer chip known as Squip to become more popular. The chip controls his thoughts and actions, telling him everything to say and do in order to maintain his newfound popularity.
As the musical progresses, it explores Jeremy’s relationship with his best friend, Michael Mell, whose big number finds him in a bathroom at a party wondering what to do without his suddenly popular BFF.
The musical also has LGBTI representation, when the character Rich comes out as bisexual near the end of the show.
‘Pride massively understates what everyone at Be More Chill feels for this show,’ said producers Jerry Goerhing and Mike Mitri. ‘Every step in our journey has been special and one-of-a-kind – just like every member of our company, creative team, and crew, and each fan who has supported us.
‘Our time at the Lyceum Theatre has been a true honor and a joy. We are so excited to have been able to touch the hearts of our diverse audiences and hope to watch the show’s continued influence grow in years to come.’
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Author: Anya Crittenton