Prom belongs to everyone including us.
Whether you attended your own prom or ditched it all together, we can all somewhat recall the drama and pressures that surrounded the traditional high school event.
To some, the end marker of our adolescents was a celebratory occasion of “Who are you going with?”, “Did you see their promposals?”, “I need to find the best outfit and coordinate it with who I’m going with?”, “What can we plan to make this night perfect?”, etcetera, etcetera.
Unfortunately, this joyous frenzy is not as exciting of a time for many in the LGBTQ+ community. Just contemplating the notion can bring on surmounting dismay and rejection for the coming-of-age gay youths all throughout the nation.
It’s commonplace for them to have to deal with the additional restrictions of not going with the person they would prefer — as many of us have experienced.
Or not wearing an outfit that personifies their personality out of fear of harassment or fear for their safety. And sometimes that’s not the worse of it all.
The hit Broadway musical The Prom showcases the struggles many LGBTQ+ youth face during what’s supposed to be one of the most important times in their lives while brilliantly transforming what could have been a dark tale into an eccentric and comical storyline.
The musical takes you on a journey with girlfriends, Emma and Alyssa, who live in a small town in Indiana. As prom season approaches, Emma bravely decides she wants to take her closeted Alyssa to the traditional high school closeout dance.
But when the PTA hears rumors of a same-sex couple possibly attending the prom, they decide to cancel it altogether. This controversy garners national attention, which in turn provokes four media hungry Broadway stars to travel to Indiana, fight for the girls’ rights, and give everyone the prom they deserve.
The quirky and empowering musical developed by Broadway hot shots, Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, first premiered on August 18, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia to rave reviews. Then came the Broadway revival that opened on November 15, 2018, and became an instant staple under the lights.
The current cast, many of whom were part of the original production, features Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel and Tony Nominees Brooks Ashmanskas, Courtenay Collins, Caitlin Kinnunen, Josh Lamon, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Christopher Sieber, among others.
To add to the impact the musical has had, the cast made history on November 22, 2018, with the first ever same-sex kiss at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live on NBC. This celebratory moment embodied and perpetuated a message of inclusivity all across the nation.