Ryan Murphy’s The Prom announces star-studded cast for Netflix
Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical The Prom just announced some of its cast, and it is an impressive list, to say the least. Per Deadline, Murphy has wrangled in Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells. Specifics are being kept under wraps, but it’s being reported all seven actors will be playing key roles.
Production is set to begin this December, with a planned release date in the fall of 2020 to get in on all that sweet awards season action.
Set in Indiana, The Prom follows the story of a group of four down-and-out theater actors who tries to help a teenage girl whose school prom was canceled when she tried to bring her girlfriend as her prom date. The creative team behind the popular musical consists of Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer, Elf the Musical) and Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), who are the musical’s composer and lyricist, respectively. Tony Award winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Beguelin have also written the book based on Jack Vierel’s original concept.
The upcoming film will be produced by Bill Damaschke (Shrek the Musical) and Dori Berinstein (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest). Nicholaw, Sklar, Beguelin and Martin will also be joining Murphy for the film’s creative production.
Murphy is no stranger to musical comedy genre as he previously created and produced Fox’s Golden Globe-winning musical series Glee which ran on air for six seasons from 2009-2015.
Last year, Murphy has signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to to produce new original content exclusively for the streaming service. The film adaptation will be part of Murphy’s ongoing projects which includes the dark comedy series The Politician and Ratched, a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as a younger version of the cruel Nurse Ratched.
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