The Prom follows the story of a teenage lesbian in Indiana (where Murphy happens to hail from), who causes a scandal by asking a girl as her date to the prom. The school cancels the event in retaliation, setting into motion a media frenzy of hilarious proportions. Murphy will produce the adaptation as part of his overall deal with Netflix, with the film set to premiere in September 2020.
“I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and [Donald] Trump,” Murphy said of the timing. “I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting.” He called The Prom “one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It’s truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights.”
Murphy has earned wide acclaim for his work on queer-themed shows like Glee, Feud, American Crime Story and most recently Pose, which features a lead cast comprised of mostly transgender actors. To date, his work has earned him an impressive six Emmy awards.
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THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It's truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it's set in Indiana, and that's where I grew up, too. I'm thrilled to announce I'm turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I'm bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori.berinstein and the amazing creative team with me — Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee @sklarbar73 and Tony Award nominee @Chadbeg. See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I've ever seen on Broadway. @theprommusical