REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Prom (Broadway)” Opened with a ShowScore of 82

Show-Score | Nov 16, 2018
“The Prom,” with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and directed by Casey Nicholaw, opened on November 15, 2018 in New York City “The Prom,” with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and directed by Casey Nicholaw, opened on November 15, 2018 in New York City


25 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 75.

Jesse Green 
The New York Times 
ShowScore: 85 
"Such a joyful hoot. With its kinetic dancing, broad mugging and belty anthems, it makes you believe in musical comedy again...As in many of the greatest Golden Age musicals, they latch onto a subject of topical importance, using its gravity to anchor their satire and their satire to leaven its earnestness...The ensemble’s big numbers, set to Glen Kelly’s dance arrangements, are a blast...It consistently delivers on its entertainment promises as well as its Golden Age premise."

Zachary Stewart

ShowScore: 90
"A first-rate production from director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, 'The Prom' has everything you want in a musical comedy: a good story, glitzy production numbers, and a happy ending. Politically incorrect and refreshingly self-effacing, it's the antidote to our ultraserious age...With loads of humor and heart, 'The Prom' smartly challenges us to question whom our outrage is really serving...Nicholaw proves to be the ideal director."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"A sweet-hearted original musical that, despite a few missteps, leaves you grinning by the last dance...It is cheering to see a musical comedy that engages with modern questions, with a teenage lesbian romance at its center to boot...Nicholaw’s peppy direction helps gives the show enough momentum to power past the show’s narrative potholes...Nowhere is this celebration more joyous than in the deliciously hammy performances of its two seasoned stars."

“The Prom (Broadway)” was also reviewed by Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, David Cote of The Observer, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Naveen Kumar of Towleroad, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Matt Windman of AM New York, Michael Appler of Fordham Observer, J. Kelly Nestruck of The Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Greg Evans of Deadline, Christopher Kelly of, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Matthew Wexler of Broadway Blog, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Roma Torre of NY1, Chris Jones of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Rizzo of Variety, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, and Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour.


The show was also reviewed by 207 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Relevant

Demanding Diva, ShowScore: 94
See it if…"If you want to laugh out loud and feel good about people, 'The Prom' fits the bill. Fun filled entertainment."
Don't see it if… "You are expecting an intense intellectual experience."
 Norma, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You are hankering to see a new fresh pull out all the stops B’way musical! It’s a coming of age story told with empathy and hilarity!"
Don't see it if…"You don’t enjoy plots about young people trying to figure out what they really want and how to get it. You don’t care for contemporary shows."
 Michele, ShowScore: 86
See it if…"You enjoy a comedic musical. Very timely subject matter. Young people will enjoy it. Worth seeing for Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas."
Don't see it if…"You don't enjoy kitch. You don't like LGBT subject matter."

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