The Broadway musical The Prom made history in 2018 when it staged the first-ever same-sex kiss at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It ended its run in 2019 with Broadway’s first real-life same-sex wedding onstage.
Now the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s star-studded movie of The Prom has dropped ahead of its December 11 release on Netflix. And it looks like a big, beautiful tearjerker as theater stalwarts help ensure a queer high school girl gets to take her girlfriend to the prom. The movie stars big names including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, and James Corden. Heading the cast is newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman, who’s blocked by the PTA from taking her girlfriend Alyssa (Ariana DeBose) to the prom.
The official synopsis reads:
Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner 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 (Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Key), the head of the PTA (Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (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 Kidman) and Trent (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.
Murphy directs the cast that includes Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Nico Greetham, Sofia Deler, and Nathaniel J. Potvin.
Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar created the musical. Martin and Beguelin wrote the screenplay for the film.
Watch the trailer below.