The Prom, the inspiring new musical comedy with a score by Chad Beguelin (Aladdin) and Matthew Sklar (Elf), and a book by Beguelin and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), will take the festivities on the road with a National Tour that will commence in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in February 2021. The Prom producers have also announced that Theatrical Rights Worldwide has secured the worldwide licensing deal for the multi-Tony-nominated hit.
PPAC President and CEO J.L. “Lynn” Singleton said, “This national tour opening at the Providence Performing Arts Center will be FUN! This show is a real romp…the creative team has done an outstanding job in crafting a show that has poignancy and heart, while still delivering a contemporary, fast-paced, and entertaining musical! Our Rhode Island audiences will enjoy seeing The Prom in Winter 2021 and we are excited to welcome the entire company to Providence.”
TRW Founder, President & CEO Steve Spiegel expressed his delight and pride in bringing The Prom into TRW’s ever-growing musical catalog. Said Spiegel, “The Prom expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever. It’s a treasure, a true masterpiece of writing by Martin, Beguelin, and Sklar. It will be embraced and celebrated by all sectors of our theatrical marketplace as every actor, musician and audience member in countless productions appreciates the celebration of humankind found in this uplifting, joyful musical.”
Under the direction of Nicholaw (Mean Girls, Aladdin), The Prom opened at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre on November 15, 2018. Nicholaw also provided choreography for this show that imagines the impact four down-on-their-luck performers can have when they intervene in the life a teenage girl who wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom, only to be hindered at every turn by the members of the small, Midwest town in which she lives.
The cast of The Prom currently includes Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical), Caitlin Kinnunen (Bridges of Madison County), Isabelle McCalla (Aladdin), Michael Potts (The Iceman Cometh), Angie Schworer (The Producers), Courtenay Collins (Broadway Debut) and Josh Lamon (Groundhog Day) and an ensemble that includes Mary Antonini (Jesus Christ Superstar), Courtney Balan (Falsettos), Gabi Campo (Broadway Debut),Jerusha Cavazos (Broadway Debut), Shelby Finnie (Broadway Debut), Josh Franklin (Anything Goes), Fernell Hogan (Broadway Debut), Joomin Hwang (Broadway Debut), Sheldon Henry (Broadway Debut), David Josefsberg (Waitress), Becca Lee (Broadway Debut), Wayne Mackins (Broadway Debut), Kate Marilley (My Fair Lady), Vasthy Mompoint (SpongeBob SquarePants) Anthony Norman (Broadway Debut), Drew Redington(Holiday Inn), Jack Sippel (Broadway Debut), Teddy Toye (Lysistrata Jones), Kalyn West (Broadway Debut) and Brittany Zeinstra (Broadway Debut).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.