- Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen, a narcissistic two-time Tony award-winning Broadway actress.
- James Corden as Barry Glickman, a narcissistic Broadway actor.
- Sam Pillow as young Barry Glickman
- Nicole Kidman as Angie Dickinson, a chorus girl.
- Kerry Washington as Mrs. Greene, the head of Edgewater’s PTA.
- Keegan-Michael Key as Principal Hawkins, the principal of James Madison High School.
- Andrew Rannells as Trent Oliver, a Julliard graduate who is between gigs and starred in the sitcom Talk to the Hand.
- Jo Ellen Pellman as Emma Nolan, a lesbian teenage girl.
- Ariana DeBose as Alyssa Greene, Emma’s girlfriend and the daughter of Mrs. Greene.
- Tracey Ullman as Vera Glickman, Barry’s mother.
- Kevin Chamberlin as Sheldon Saperstein, Dee Dee and Barry’s publicist.
- Mary Kay Place as Grandma Bea, Emma’s supportive grandmother who raised her when Emma’s parents kicked her out of their house.
- Logan Riley Hassel as Kaylee, Alyssa’s friend and Nick’s girlfriend who disapproves of Emma taking a girl to prom.
- Sofia Deler as Shelby, Alyssa and Kaylee’s friend and Kevin’s girlfriend who also disapproves of Emma taking a girl to prom.
- Nico Greetham as Nick, Kaylee’s boyfriend.
- Nathaniel J. Potvin as Kevin, Shelby’s boyfriend.
Brenna Daly, Megan Truong, and Riley Rydin portray the students that were with Kaylee, Shelby, Nick, and Kevin at the mall.
Godspell cast members portrayed by Alex Jackson, Ashley L. Douglas, Bailey Day Sonner, Brittany Freeth, Charissa Kroeger, Chris Liu, Vasthy Mompoint, Matthew Rogers, and Yusuf Nasir.
The soundtrack was released digitally on December 4, 2020 by Maisie Music, with a physical release scheduled for December 18.
All tracks are written by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, except where indicated.
|1.||“Changing Lives”||Meryl Streep, James Corden and Ensemble||3:09|
|2.||“Changing Lives (Reprise)”||Streep, Corden, Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells||1:54|
|3.||“Just Breathe”||Jo Ellen Pellman||2:54|
|4.||“It’s Not About Me”||Streep, Corden, Kidman, Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington and Ensemble||3:59|
|5.||“Dance with You”||Pellman and Ariana DeBose||2:35|
|6.||“The Acceptance Song”||Rannells and Ensemble||3:22|
|7.||“You Happened”||Pellman, DeBose, Nathaniel J. Potvin, Nico Greetham and Ensemble||3:11|
|8.||“We Look to You”||Key||2:49|
|9.||“Tonight Belongs to You”||Cast||5:26|
|10.||“Tonight Belongs to You (Reprise)”||Pellman||0:43|
|11.||“Zazz”||Kidman and Pellman||3:08|
|12.||“The Lady’s Improving”||Streep||2:39|
|14.||“Love Thy Neighbor”||Rannells, Sofia Deler, Potvin, Greetham, Logan Riley and Ensemble||4:31|
|15.||“Barry Is Going to Prom”||Corden||2:35|
|16.||“Unruly Heart”||Pellman and Ensemble||3:59|
|17.||“It’s Time to Dance”||Pellman, DeBose, Corden, Streep, Rannells, Kidman, Key, Kevin Chamberlin and Ensemble||5:05|
|18.||“Wear Your Crown” (end credits)||Skar, Beguelin, Adam Anders, Peer Astrom||DeBose, Pellman, Washington, Kidman and Streep||3:05|
|19.||“Simply Love” (end credits)||Anders, Beguelin, Sklar||Corden||2:50|
The film is based on the same premise as the musical of the same name, that uses music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin, based on an original concept by Jack Viertel.
CNN notes the film project is on “theme with Murphy’s advocacy for more inclusivity in Hollywood” including his spearheading the 2017 Half Initiative, to “create equal representation for women and minorities behind the camera”. Murphy announced plans for the adaptation during a charity performance of the musical at New York’s Longacre Theatre in April 2019.
On June 25, 2019, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells and Nicole Kidman were revealed to be cast as the four leads, with Keegan-Michael Key as the school principal. Ariana Grande was initially cast as Alyssa Greene, a popular but closeted cheerleader and Emma’s girlfriend, but scheduling conflicts with the Sweetener World Tour forced Grande to drop out. Kerry Washington was cast in October, with Ariana DeBosejoining in November, replacing Grande in the role of Alyssa. Jo Ellen Pellman was also cast as Emma following a nationwide search. The project is the first film under Murphy’s $300 million deal with Netflix, and fifth overall. On January 25, 2020, Awkwafina dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts and Kevin Chamberlin was recast as Sheldon Saperstein. On June 25, 2020, Tracey Ullman and Mary Kay Placewere revealed to star in the film.
Filming commenced on December 11, 2019 in Los Angeles. On March 12, 2020, production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this, the leads had wrapped filming, with only two days of second unit filming left, which was initially scheduled to resume in mid-April, but was ultimately delayed to summer. Production resumed on July 23, 2020.
The Prom had an awards-qualifying limited theatrical release on December 4, 2020, before being released digitally on December 11 by Netflix. It was the second-most watched film over its first weekend on the platform, before falling to tenth in its second week.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 57% based on 186 reviews, with an average rating of 5.90/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “Through fiery songs and dance breaks, The Prom‘s bonanza of glitz, glitter, and jazz hands might be enough to whisk audiences away.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars, writing that it is “so goofy that you just have to enjoy it”. He went on to praise the musical numbers and the film’s message of self-love. Brian Pruitt of USA Today also gave the film four stars out of four, calling it a “joyous adaptation”.
Of the opposing opinion, Mary Sollosi of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a “D” grade calling it “narratively sloppy, emotionally false, visually ugly, morally superior, and at least 15 minutes too long”. Jesse Hassenger of The A.V. Club gave the film a “D+” describing it as “all-star, feel-good, zazzy nonsense”.
James Corden’s performance was criticized as “offensive” by some; Corden himself is straight while the character is gay and some said his performance perpetuated, and capitalized on, stereotypes of gay white men.
The UK and Commonwealth novelization rights of the film, written by Saundra Mitchell, were acquired by Penguin Random House’s editorial and media development director Holly Harris, who did a pre-emptive deal with Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor.
Jag tycker om The Prom filmen den är jätte bra och intressant, underbara sånger att vara som man sig själv och modig. Jag ger filmen 290 poäng.