Praise the musical theatre gods! Lesbians are coming back to Broadway. After the huge success of Fun Home, and the critical success of Indecent and It Shoulda Been You, it looks like the theatre world is finally really embracing lesbian, bi, and queer women characters. Lesbian characters have been few and far between, but with the new musical The Prom heading to Broadway in late 2018, the tides appear to be turning.
The Prom, written by Jack Viertel, Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, with music by Matthew Sklar, is a fun and tender little tale about a Broadway cast seeking publicity, who stumbles upon an idea that could thrust them into the headlines. When Emma, a high school senior in a small Midwestern town is denied the chance to bring her cheerleader girlfriend to prom, the actors descend upon the town with “Lez is More” and “Gay is Ok” signs and puffed up theatrics (but ultimately good intentions), ready to change the mind of the PTA members who have denied Emma the chance to dance with her girl.
The production launched last year at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and will premiere this time next year on Broadway. We’ll keep you in the loop about cast announcements when the show gets closer. In the meanwhile, enjoy this trailer for the Alliance Theatre production, and tell us in the comments which actors you’d love to see in these roles.