Trailer Drops for THE PROM, Out December 11th on Netflix!

Today's post isn't necessarily book-focused, though technically, the title in question is now a YA novel, so....! ^.~

I am a long time supporter of Broadway and the arts. I try to see a few shows a year -- I already had tickets for three shows in 2020 before the pandemic cancelled all my plans.

Last year, I almost saw the Tony nominated musical The Prom when I was in NYC, but couldn't swing it that month and couldn't get back to the city before it closed. I was really excited when I heard that Netflix was adapting it for film, and also when Penguin Viking hired an author I like, Saundra Mitchell, to write the novelization of the musical.

The Prom was filming in early 2020 when the world shut down and had most of the movie under its belt, but finished the last four days of filming over the summer taking every COVID precaution possible.

Today, Netflix unveiled the trailer for the film, which hits the streaming service on December 11th:

How amazing does that look?


Did you know that Netflix only considers a movie a hit based on two factors?

1. How many views did the movie/series get WEEK ONE?
2. How many views did the movie/series get in its FIRST 4 WEEKS?

Those are the only numbers they look at when reporting on things such as their Top 10 of all time list, though they now count a watch as having been streaming for "at least two minutes" which isn't really that long. *shrug*

If you want more movie musicals or more stories starring LGBTQIA+ characters, you want to watch this movie the week of December 11th if you can, or the following 3 weeks to have it count as your "vote" for future movies! 


(*Taken from the official press release)

Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma's predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.

Directed by Ryan Murphy, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin.



O F F I C I A    I N F O:

Title:  THE PROM
Author: by Saundra Mitchell, with Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, & Matthew Sklar
Release Date: Sept. 10, 2019
Publisher: Penguin / Viking Books for Young Readers

An honest, laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel inspired by the hit Broadway musical The Prom --a New York Times Critic's Pick!

Seventeen-year-old Emma Nolan wants only one thing before she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. But in her small town of Edgewater, Indiana, that's like asking for the moon.

Alyssa Greene is her high school's "it" girl: popular, head of the student council, and daughter of the PTA president. She also has a secret. She's been dating Emma for the last year and a half.

When word gets out that Emma plans to bring a girl as her date, it stirs a community-wide uproar that spirals out of control. Now, the PTA, led by Alyssa's mother, is threatening to cancel the prom altogether.

Enter Barry Glickman and Dee Dee Allen, two Broadway has-beens who see Emma's story as the perfect opportunity to restore their place in the limelight. But when they arrive in Indiana to fight on Emma's behalf, their good intentions go quickly south.

Between Emma facing the fray head-on, Alyssa wavering about coming out, and Barry and Dee Dee basking in all the attention, it's the perfect prom storm. Only when this unlikely group comes together do they realize that love is always worth fighting for.