Is ‘The Prom’ Based on a True Story?
Directed by Ryan Murphy as part of his focus on Broadway content, The Prom is an adaptation of composer Matthew Sklar’s Tony-nominated 2018 musical of the same name. The movie was adapted to screenplay by famed authors Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin. Though none of the original cast are in the film, Meryl Streep and James Corden star as Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, two Broadway stars who attempt to recover from their latest, poorly reviewed show.
The Broadway stars come up with a brilliant idea after discovering that a high school lesbian named Emma (played by Jo Ellen Pellman) was banned from attending her prom in the small town of Bullpuck, Indiana. The PTA of her high school made a ruling that prom attendees can only bring a person of the opposite sex as a date. Her insistence on bringing her girlfriend resulted in the event’s cancelation. The show biz stars decide to travel to Indiana in an effort to help Emma throw the most exuberant prom possible (and possibly get some PR for their show as an added bonus).
The story feels so realistic that you might begin to wonder if it’s based on a true story. The division in our country regarding LGBTQ+ rights could easily lead one to believe that these events did indeed take place. So, did the controversial events of The Prom actually happen IRL? Here’s everything you need to know about The Prom:Is The Prom based on a true story? What is The Prom based on?
There’s no simple answer here: The Prom is partly based on a true story. While the movie is an adaptation of composer Matthew Sklar’s Tony-nominated 2018 musical of the same name, the musical’s co-writer and lyricist Chad Beguelin, told NBC News back in 2018 that the concept was inspired by producer Jack Viertel, who kept encountering similar stories in headlines.
“He had seen several instances where, you know, same-sex couples were banned from their prom,” Beguelin said. “The depressing thing is, they keep sort of happening… Every once in a while a few months will go by, and then someone will email us another, you know, high school that decided that no gays or lesbians can come to the prom. You know, it’s sad that it still happens.”Should you Stream or Skip watching The Prom on Netflix?
Well, that really depends on whether or not you like Meryl Streep and/or musicals in general. Read our full review of The Prom right here.
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