Let’s Make It Clear: Tonight Belongs to ‘The Prom’

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Goodness me, welcome to one more #MusicalTheatreMonday. I have a trick to inform you about. At the Longacre Theatre, there is a covert ruby. I state concealed, primarily because I do not see it being spoken about anywhere in my life. But maybe I am hidden, and also it is not. No matter, that ruby is The Prom.

The cast ofThe Senior prom.

With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, as well as a book by Beguelin as well as Bob Martin, The Prom is a comedy-musical regarding a team of musical theatre has-beens that jump upon a social issue to boost their appeal and enhance their photo. It’s a delightful witticism of the star culture that people must be attended do good deeds, as well as the slightly masturbatory way in which some celebs introduce their altruistic endeavours.


Strongly with this hat on, the writing as well as the efficiencies drop strongly in line to produce a fantastic evening of overacting, limited as well as energised dancing and delightfully appealing tracks. Not just that, yet it is totally amusing. I do not assume that I’ve giggled so much at a music in my life.

Traditional Broadway in the type of Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas and Angie Schworer.

The core quartet of aged stars, Dee Allen (Tony Honor victor Beth Leavel), Barry Glickman (Brooks Ashmanskas), Trent Oliver (Christopher Sieber) and also Angie Dickinson (Angie Schworer) come across the instance of 17-year-old Emma (Caitlin Kinnunen), a lesbian who is being refused by her school’s PTA to take her partner to the institution prom. It’s a really basic right-vs-wrong social concern to handle, as well as permits the views of the area to be altered throughout the music by our central stars. The stars themselves are wonderfully well realised as exceptionally self-absorbed, to much comic impact.

Emma’s much more of an icon than she is a character. She stands for the LGBT community in its purest, simplest state: merely wanting equality to publicly and unashamedly show who you like.

Emma, the school lesbian, is likewise wonderfully subversive in her representation. She is not a protestor or a hostile feminist or certainly a stereotype by any means, with maybe the exemption of her wardrobe. What she wants is incredibly easy: she wants to go to Prom with the person she likes.

Give it some zazz! Angie Schworer and also Caitlin Kinnunen.

Throughout this wonderful premise there is the wonderful music. We are dealt with to old-style music theater in the songs delivered mainly by the older cast. Story pieces, such as “It’s Not Regarding Me” are simply hilarious, as Dee Allen ruptureds right into the institution auditorium and also demands simply for Emma’s dilemma, while promptly boldy belting and regularly talking about herself. “Zazz” is likewise an emphasize as Angie attempts to encourage The various other numbers are appealing as a result of how generic they are. They can interest all audiences as well as all situations. “Dancing With You”, “Just Take a breath”, “You Took place”, “The Evening Belongs to You” as well as “Unruly Heart” are all loaded with heart and personality within the context of the musical, but they are likewise incredibly relatable lyrically as well as can relate to all sorts of people and also circumstances, that makes them completely singable as well as easily accessible independently to the program. In a manner, this is likewise mirrored within Emma. Emma’s even more of an icon than she is a personality. She represents the LGBT community in its purest, easiest state: just wanting equal rights to openly as well as unashamedly reveal that you love.

A lesbian love song? What’s not to enjoy? Isabelle McCalla as well as Caitlin Kinnunen throughout “You Happened”.

The efficiencies from the main actors are excellent. Beth Leavel is hilarious as the belting Dee Adams, rightfully getting not one but 2 solo numbers to showcase her ability. Christopher Sieber is remarkable also, with the repetitive joke that his character consistently discusses being enlightened at Juilliard. Barry Glickman is represented by Brooks Ashmanskas as being a mincing, sashaying, pouting depiction of a gay male that somehow isn’t offensive however instead provided lovingly as well as authentically. My one frustration with Barry does not come from his representation, but instead the tune that he reaches sing (“Barry Is Mosting Likely To Senior Prom”) which never truly takes off in the way that I desired it to, despite the other main actors’s standout minutes. The character of Emma is likewise fascinating as well as injected with a lot heart by Caitlin Kinnunen, gone along with by her partner Alyssa Greene, that is similarly perfectly realised by Isabelle McCalla. The remainder of the actors is somewhat two-dimensional. The high school characters sweep from being antagonists to allies in an issue of a music number, while the villain of the piece Mrs. Greene (Courtenay Collins) isn’t also granted a tune, nor any type of real expedition of her objective or personality– which undoubtedly would certainly have been remarkable thinking about the facility connection that can have been checked out with her little girl.

Eventually, The Prom does what it says on the tin. It amuses. It is bloody excellent fun. It isn’t necessarily intelligent in its witticism, however it is absolutely wonderful. Who cares that there’s no deep explanation or exploration of LGBT concerns within this item? It is entirely unneeded right here. By making it the topic of a comedy-musical, it just offers to emphasise the crap of homophobia in the first place. It is a fantastic night of entertainment, with brilliant music, amusing lines and also exceptional choreography. What a lot more could you want?

Directed and also Choreographed by Casey NicholawStarring Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins & & Josh LamonBook byBob Martin & & Chad BeguelinMusic byMatthew SkylarLyrics byChad BeguelinScenic DesignScott PaskCostume DesignAnn Roth & & Matthew PachtmanLighting DesignNatasha KatzSound DesignBrian Ronan


Stray observations:

  • We had the benefit of seeing David Josefsberg playing Sheldon Saperstein in the place of Josh Lamon. He understudies for actually all of the grown-up male duties in this show. Understudies are unbelievable, and they should have all the recognition.
  • Exactly how do you silence a lady that’s known for her belt?
  • This is the 2nd Casey Nicholaw reveal that I saw within the area of two days. The choreography was absolutely much more effective below, which I connect perhaps to the a lot more open hosting that The Prom enjoys contrasted to Mean Ladies.
  • I personally love the line “Bigotry’s not huge of me … and it’s not large of you.”
  • Caitlin Kinnunen, despite not being leading credit history, truly obtains last bow. Practically everyone got on their feet, as well as it was well been entitled to. She was absolutely unbelievable.
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