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Meryl Streep, Andrew Rannells, Nicole Kidman and More to Star in ‘The Prom’ Movie

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|by Robert Peterpaul |


James Corden and Awkwafina are also slated to appear

It’s time to dance! Netflix is set to build a Prom full of A-listers, and everyone will get to watch. Acclaimed director Ryan Murphy has enlisted glittering talents like James Corden, Nicole Kidman and – wait for it – Meryl Streep to appear in a film adaption of Broadway’s Tony-nominated musical The Prom. According to Deadline, the Glee maven, who has struck a five-year deal with the streaming service giant, will begin directing his version this December.

Meryl Streep, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman are all slated to appear in Netflix’s movie adaptation of ‘The Prom’ (Photos: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; Monica Schipper/Stringer)

Meryl Streep, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman are all slated to appear in Netflix’s movie adaptation of ‘The Prom’ (Photos: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; Monica Schipper/Stringer)

Queen Meryl will bring her own take to Dee Dee Allen, a role originated by Tony winner Beth Leavel, leading the quartet of Broadway eccentrics in the story. The movie will also be a mini Big Little Lies reunion, with Kidman by the acting genius’ side, giving some “zazz” to Angie Dickinson (created by Angie Schworer on Broadway). Meanwhile, Corden is likely slated to play the hilarious Barry Glickman (Brook Ashmanskas) and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will round out the group as Trent Oliver (Christopher Sieber).

After receiving career-killing reviews, the foursome barrel down to the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, in an effort to help – well, mostly soak up good press by helping – a lesbian student named Emma who isn’t allowed to bring her girlfriend to her high school’s prom. Casting is embarking on a nationwide search for the lead role of Emma, and we’re wholeheartedly pushing for the talented Caitlin Kinnunen, whose Broadway performance brings down the house.

Other stars recently announced include Awkwafina as the fab four’s publicist Ms. Sheldon (a gender bending of the musical's Sheldon Saperstein character) and Keegan-Michael Key as Principal Hawkins, whose task of acting as Dee Dee’s number one fan should be no challenge with Streep in the driver’s seat (not that it was for the original actor Michael Potts either). We can take solace in that fact that The Prom’s creative team will make the leap from stage to screen; book writers Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin will reunite with composer Matthew Sklar to craft the film’s script and score. 

The Prom burst onto Broadway last year, receiving sweet spoonfuls of praise amongst critics and fans alike, including the Best Musical Drama Desk Award and seven Tony Award nominations. Although the heartwarming story will take its final bow at the Longacre Theatre on August 11, its post-NYC life is shaping up nicely. The Prom not only get the Hollywood treatment, but will also receive an upcoming young adult novel adaptation, as well as a national tour.

For more of the best of Broadway this season, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in July 2019

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