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Netflix Is Releasing New Musical 'The Prom' Starring Meryl Streep And Nicole Kidman

Netflix Is Releasing New Musical 'The Prom' Starring Meryl Streep And Nicole Kidman

Did you miss out on prom this year because of coronavirus? Well, Netflix is taking you to a much more dazzling, star-studded one, alongside Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Kerry Washington.

Yep, the streaming site has officially adapted 2018 Broadway Musical The Prom, and it's not one to miss.

For those who aren't familiar, the six time Tony Award winning show was based on an original concept by Jack Viertel, and features music and lyrics from Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin retrospectively.

It follows four Broadway actors who travel a very conservative town in Indiana upon hearing the news that a lesbian student, Emma, is banned from bringing her girlfriend to prom.

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And the adaptation is being directed by none-other-than Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, The Politician), with Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin having worked on the screen-play.

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Revealing when we'd get to see the hit musical on our tellies, Murphy wrote on Insta: "On DECEMBER 11, let Netflix take you to THE PROM you didn't get this year."

He also shared a cast list, which included several other big names such as Keegan Michael-Key (Key & Peele, Playing House), Andrew Rannell (Girls, Black Monday) and Ariana DeBose, who was an ensemble member of the Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton and is also soon to appear as Anita in West Side Story.

Newcomers Ariana DeBose (left) and Jo Ellen-Pellman also star (Credit: PA/Instagram)
Newcomers Ariana DeBose (left) and Jo Ellen-Pellman also star (Credit: PA/Instagram)

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Jo Ellen-Pellman stars as Emma in the musical, taking up her first lead movie role after previous parts in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and The Deuce.

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Meanwhile, Meryl Streep appears as award winning Broadway actress Dee Dee Allen while James Corden joins her as Barry Glickman - two stars who both receive such career ending reviews that they realise a highly publicised charitable favour is their only way back into public favour.

Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman), and fellow jobless actor Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells) join the pair on their mission, and it's then they embark on their journey with the excluded teen.

Director Ryan Murphy has adapted the 2018 Broadway hit (Credit: PA)
Director Ryan Murphy has adapted the 2018 Broadway hit (Credit: PA)

Speaking of the musical previously, Murphy said: "It's truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights.

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"I feel a special connection to it because it's set in Indiana, and that's where I grew up, too."

Many will be happy to see there's finally a release date for the production - and to hear that it's only three months away, no less.

It was forced to pause production due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March.

But, if you ask us, a pre-Christmas release is absolutely perfect. Bring on the feel good vibes, catchy songs and happy tears.

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Tissues at the ready!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]