Here’s the Dazzling Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s New Queer Musical ‘The Prom’
Though during this long and deadly pandemic, some have felt the need to immerse themselves in endless entertainment apocalytica, even ironically we couldn’t really handle that. So, yes, we have actively not been binging on The Walking Dead or re-watching World War Z. We demand escapism—the fun kind.
So for us, and surely for everyone else who has been feeling the same, the arrival of the first trailer for director Ryan Murphy’s much-anticipated new Netflix film The Prom brings nothing but hope and sincere smiles. The adaptation of the smash Broadway musical, it was pretty much inevitable that it would make it to the big screen. But one might have imagined, say, Bahz Luhrmann at the helm. Rather, with the creator of American Horror Story taking the reins, it has been months of buzz and intrigues.
The plot is actually a pretty clever one: three former Broadway stars turned washouts—Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep), Barry Glickman (James Corden) and Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman)—take up the cause of a teen girl, played by an exasperated looking Jo Ellen Pellman, who has been barred from going to the prom. Why, you ask? Well, it seems all she wants is to be able to bring…her girlfriend.
Yet the trailer opens with an off-camera voice asking, “You got the steps, you got the notes, but where’s the zazz, people?”—which makes it seem as if they’re about to break into a remake of All That Jazz. What follows is two minutes of selling all the dazzle the film has to offer, with lots of ensemble singing, and some spectacular sets and scenography. And there’s a truly great Streep moment, where her Dee Dee plunks her Tony Awards decisively down on a hotel check-in desk and asks, “Now do you have a suite?”
But in between, the serious matter at the core of the story is dramatically addressed. And with LGTBQ rights under attack in America, as well as a Supreme Court itching to outlaw gay marriage, The Prom becomes more than flashy entertainment—it’s also very much an urgent rallying cry. So whatever the outcome of the presidential election, do mark your calendars to tune in on its December 11 release date, to be reminded of what we’re still fighting for.
Oh, and bring your dancing shoes.