The Prom follows four long-ago famous Broadway actors as they travel to the fictional conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, after reading about a lesbian student who was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to high school prom.
Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story", "Glee") is on tap to direct the film, as Page Six first reported in April when he bought out Broadway's Longacre Theater for a VIP benefit performance of the musical.
"The Prom", which was nominated for Best Musical at this year's Tony Awards, centers around a small IN town where teenager Emma, along with her girlfriend Alyssa, are banned from attending their school dance, leading several former Broadway stars to stand up for the young couple.
"In Prom, Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony victor who teams with Corden's Barry Glickman in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt". Per the Deadline story, Murphy assembled the cast quickly over the spring.More news: ITBP team retrieves seven bodies of climbers from Nanda Devi
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Production is set to begin this December, with a planned release date in the fall of 2020 to get in on all that sweet awards season action. Kidman's role is veteran chorus member Angie Dickinson and Rannells plays struggling actor Trent Oliver.
Murphy will produce the film with Alexis Woodall, Bill Damaschke, and Dori Berinstein from a screenplay written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, with the latter screenwriter penning the music and lyrics with Matthew Sklar. Grande will star as Alyssa, a popular daughter of the head of the PTA.
Awkwafina would play the group's publicist, Ms. Sheldon (a genderbent take on the musical's Sheldon Saperstein), as the group decides to find a cause that will boost their name in the papers after a disastrous Broadway opening. A nationwide search is underway to fill the lead role of Emma, the central high school figure.