At a special performance of Broadway musical The Prom on Tuesday, Ryan Murphy announced that he’ll develop the hit show into a movie as part of his deal with Netflix.
The performance of The Prom, which benefitted Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. Murphy had bought out half the seats in the audience for wheelies who normally wouldn’t get the chance to see theater, especially theater telling their stories.
The audience was also full of stars, almost a wet dream of gay icons: Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bernhard, Bernadette Peters, Jane Krakowski, Christian Siriano, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Janet Mock, MJ Rodriguez, Domonique Jackson, and more. While Introducing the show and revealing the news about his planned adaptation, Murphy thanked his famous friends for attending to cheers from the crowd.
"I know, it's exciting," Murphy said before explaining why The Prom was so important. "I'm really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting." That need led him to see the show last winter. "I was absolutely blown away by Casey [Nicholaw]'s work and the incredible cast," he said. "I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding."
The Prom follows four washed up Broadway actors looking to revive their images who journey to Indiana to help a young lesbian who just wants to take her girlfriend to prom. It’s equal parts hilarious and moving, with an upbeat soundtrack that’s part Dear Evan Hansen and part The Drowsy Chaperone.
Murphy had a special message for the kids he’d brought out to see the show: "You are not alone. My backyard was a cornfield, and I'm from a very religious family. All of us came out tonight to celebrate The Prom, but to celebrate you kids and tell you that we love you, we see you and you have support."
Murphy’s version of The Prom will come to Netflix next September.