By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
Former Palisadian Nicole Kidman can be seen starring in “The Prom”—Ryan Murphy’s musical-comedy film adaptation of the eponymous Broadway musical.
“The Prom” is based on an original concept by Matthew Sklar, with music from Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin. The original musical premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016 and premiered on Broadway in 2018 at the Longacre Theatre.
It was nominated for six Tony Awards, including best musical, original score, and lead actor and lead actress in a musical, according to Variety.
The show follows four theatre actors who travel to the small, conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, in support of a lesbian teenager who wishes to take her girlfriend to prom.
In the screen adaptation, Kidman takes on the role of Angie Dickinson, a Broadway veteran, alongside a star-studded cast comprised of Meryl Streep, James Corden, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells.
“The Prom” marks Murphy’s first film under his 2018 Netflix deal following his departure from Fox. Murphy is an American television producer, director and writer, well known for a number of television shows like “Glee,” “Scream Queens” and more.
“Murphy might have been busy recently making more sinister stuff like ‘Ratched’ and ‘American Horror Story’ but he’s a huge Broadway fan,” according to Netflix UK and Ireland. “And ‘The Prom’ is a love letter to Hollywood musicals.”
In a recent interview with Variety, Murphy said the film is full of passion and warmth.
“I think the reason everyone said ‘yes’ so quickly was because of the message,” he was quoted as saying. “The passionate idea at the core of the movie is, ‘everyone should be able to have a place at the table.’ The movie’s theme is fighting intolerance, and I think we were all feeling that in our lives.”
Critics’ reception of the film places it at a 68% score on Rotten Tomatoes as the paper went to print.
The film, which is rated PG-13 with a runtime of two hours and 10 minutes, was released in select theaters in the United States on December 4, with a digital release on Netflix slated for December 11.
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