The cast of "The Prom" with director Ryan Murphy (in grey beanie). Image from Netflix
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An early Christmas treat for Ryan Murphy haters: A first look at his Meryl Streep musical

Netflix just dropped a "first look" at The Prom.
ANCX Staff | Oct 08 2020

As "Ratched" continues to cause heated debates and end friendships online, Netflix just teased audiences with a first look on another Ryan Murphy production: “The Prom” coming to the streaming giant December 11. 

The movie stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, and Kerry Washington. It’s believed to be a joyous adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical — directed by Ryan Murphy. 

Streep plays Dee Dee Allen, a New York stage actress with a flop in her hands.

About the story—Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner 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 and it’s suddenly flatlined their careers. 

James Corden plays Streep's stage partner Barry Glickman.

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). 

Kerry Washington and 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.

With Nicole Kidman and Keegan-Michael Key.

Directed and co-produced by Ryan Murphy and also starring Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Logan Riley, Nico Greetham, Sofia Deler, and Nathaniel J. Potvin, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical.