Something nice could come out of the year 2020, after all – we’re going to be able to see the mighty Meryl Streep in the movies again. Ok, not in the film as much as in the next Netflix video The Prom, which honestly looks like ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ in motion. The film , directed by Ryan Murphy, is a kind of salute to Broadway musicals by a bunch of washed-up Broadway peeps like James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells. But that’s not it; it’s all about a high school student who’s forbidden to take her girlfriend to a prom night. Join the up-stage New York City actors who introduce Broadway musicals to the small town of Indiana and strive to jump-start their stagnant careers. Plus they’re laughing and dancing like there’s no tomorrow! What can’t be like?
The official synopsis goes on and says, “Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.” Aww, right?
Besides the stalwarts, the film also features Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Nico Greetham, Sofia Deler, and Nathaniel J. Potvin. It’s an adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s award-winning Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin is provided by Ryan Murphy, Dori Berinstein, Bill Damaschke, Alexis Martin Woodall and Adam Anders.