1) The Musical is MUCH Better Than the 2020 Netflix Film:
Even Meryl Streep could not save “The Prom” from its low score of 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, you won’t have to watch James Cordon!
2) A Breakout Performance:
The central character is a fantastic role! Emma, a high school student banned from the prom, gives a young actor a chance to shine!
Caitlin Kinnunen, who originated the role on Broadway, received a Tony nomination for her performance.
Watch for whoever is playing it near you to move into greater things.
3) You’ve Broken Up With Musical Theatre? You’ll Love Musical Theatre Again!
As Jesse Green wrote in The New York Times, “With its kinetic dancing, broad mugging and belty anthems, it makes you believe in musical comedy again.”
4) An Overdue Lesbian Kiss…or Two!
Only a handful of Broadway productions have ever featured a lesbian couple as part of the central storyline, and even fewer have featured them in a positive light.
5) Timely Social Commentary:
Bob Martin wrote “The Prom” during the Obama administration. In a podcast with Keith Tomasek Martin mentioned that society was showing such progress at that time that team wondered if the show would be relevant.
Recently, the American Civil Liberties Association has tracked hundreds of anti-LGBTQ+ bills proposed in the US that aim to mitigate LGBTQ+ rights. In this era where conservative politicians are targeting queer culture, “The Prom’s” message is more relevant than ever.
6) Not Your Usual Targets:
The Prom’s targets are not just bigoted Midwesterners but self-obsessed show people who need lessons in caring about others.
7) Nevertheless, The Prom Celebrates the Power of the Arts:
“The Prom” emphasizes the power of the arts and its ability to unite people.
The musical highlights how the arts can foster empathy and create common ground. It demonstrates the universal language of music, dance, and storytelling, which can transcend differences and unite people in shared joy and emotion.
By showcasing the transformative power of art, “The Prom” reminds us of the importance of supporting and embracing the arts in our communities.
It will inspire you to explore your creative passions and encourages society to value and invest in the arts.
The Prom is currently onstage in Waterloo, Ontario.
Through June 11
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
40 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo, ON
Book Online: DraytonEntertainment.com
Call the box office: 1-855-372-9866
Bob Martin on The Performers Podcast
Keith Tomasek, the publisher of Stratford Festival Reviews, interviewed Bob Martin on The Performers Podcast.