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The Prom (Broadway)
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The Prom (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(1181 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
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Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Relevant

About the Show

This new Broadway musical comedy centers around four fading stars, whose desperate need of a new stage leads them to protest a small-town prom. Directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw ('Book of Mormon.')

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87
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Predictable

See it if You’re in the mood for a funny, topical, fast paced show full of great actors and lots of flashy feel good songs that you’ll leave smiling.

Don't see it if You’re looking for great depth or something unique. Thus is about as formula as you get with a Broadway musical. Read more

85
Delightful, Funny, Romantic, Entertaining, Energetic

See it if Musical satire that makes lighthearted fun of everyone, including the lesbians. Catchy energetic pop song & dance. Many funny moments.

Don't see it if You want more depth. This is a silly feel-good farce. Cliched themes & simplistic characters. Enough creativity to keep it lively.

Critic Reviews (53)

November 15th, 2018

"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."
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November 15th, 2018

"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."
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November 15th, 2018

"The giddy, smart, big-hearted new musical...With irrepressibly energetic tunes by Matthew Sklar and winking lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a cheeky, just-poignant-enough book by Beguelin and Bob Martin...'The Prom' balances between the misguided (ding!) hijinks of the self-absorbed actors and the real stakes of Emma’s life at school...The show is full of witty delights...It’s big silly fun, with a sly wink and a warm heart."
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November 19th, 2018

"Some of this self-parodying obtuseness is more cringey than cute. And yet the show, which knowingly leans deep into kitsch, is at once preposterous and delightful. Singing and dancing are probably not going to persuade anybody to 'love thy neighbor,' as one of the more infectious numbers advises. But, until someone has a better idea, it can’t hurt to try."
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November 15th, 2018

"The show is one part satire, packed with delicious theatrical in-jokes delivered with aplomb by game stage veterans playing caricatures of themselves; and one part inclusivity teaching moment...If the two halves aren't entirely seamless, the show has enough humor and heart to paper over the cracks...Even if the material is contrived and the songs are catchy without being exactly memorable, the terrific cast sells it all with irresistible verve."
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November 16th, 2018

"The show manages to balance the Broadway divas’ growth with Emma’s strength, the musical’s comedic moments, and the heartbreaking things the town does to reject her. But while 'The Prom' delivers important messages about acceptance, it only just scratches the surface on issues like homophobia and bullying...Kinnunen quickly proves to be a lead worthy of multiple songs highlighting her range...A good time and though it sometimes tries a little too hard, its heart is in the right place."
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November 15th, 2018

"With a tuneful score, a playful book, and performances that remind you what Broadway heart and chutzpah are all about, this cause celebre of a show turns out to be a joyous, funny, and sweet production that should appeal to several generations of musical fans...Sklar’s easy melodies and Beguelin’s witty lyrics are a mix of classic Broadway show tunes and exuberant pop songs...Nicholaw maintains his just-right touch in balancing the outrageous and the sweet."
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November 15th, 2018

"A bit sanctimonious in spots, but most of 'The Prom' is really, really funny—and much of it, to my happy surprise, is funny at the expense of the good guys...The uncommonly smart book and lyrics...Sklar’s music mostly runs to knowing but unmemorable pastiche but his score serves its dramatic purpose, and Casey Nicholaw, the director-choreographer, nails everything together with stopwatch-precise comic timing."
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November 15th, 2018

"They wrap an outrageous showbiz satire around the earnest center, and the result is the perfect blend of salt and sweet...A good premise executed well...The combination of outsize Broadway personalities with more sensitively drawn small-town types is one of the cleverer features of the book, which is a model of efficiency and narrative drive...Sklar’s score, with bright, polished lyrics by Beguelin, hits all the pleasure centers...'The Prom’s' wit, craft, and heart count for a lot."
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November 15th, 2018

"'The Prom' has gone out of its way to make young Emma normal (don’t blame performer Caitlin Kinnunen), but she seems more blah than relatable...The songs are more than clever and entertaining enough, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, other times moving. Nicholas’s choreography, especially the Broadway pastiche stuff, is a treat, and while the concept is a good one, the book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin could have been pushed things even further."
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November 15th, 2018

"A savvy, self-aware, self-serving, and consistently funny new musical of liberal longing...A fascinating show for Deep Thinkers about the form...The show’s best moments still are when the Scary World Outside Manhattan has at least a semblance of reality. Which is only occasionally...The show’s DNA is quippy and in too much need of insider validation to really range deep into the causes and solutions for homophobia, but the choreography still is keyed around hope."
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November 15th, 2018

"Many important social issues — inclusion, arts education, community outreach — get run over by lame humor, underwhelming songs, and ultra-hammy performances in this original musical, which is so flimsy, tacky and amateurish that it leaves you wondering how it got to Broadway in the first place...The youngest cast members come off best, with Kinnunen giving a sensitive and vulnerable performance...The adults, on the other hand, are weighed down by tedious jokes."
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November 15th, 2018

"It’s not perfect, but it’s a winning collaboration featuring Broadway veterans at the top of their class...It’s a zany concept...A witty and joyful romp that also happens to be quite moving. The songs are mighty tuneful; and the show's winking theatrical references are a delightful bonus...Nicholaw doesn't miss a beat, staging the production with a sure hand, while employing the Swiss watch of comic timing and honest pathos when things turn serious."
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November 15th, 2018

"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."
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November 20th, 2018

“This disarmingly self-satirizing entertainment gets more laughs than you might imagine out of a shaky premise; it manages to be genuinely touching and it rarely oversells itself. On Broadway these days, that amounts to a trifecta...Nobody is rewriting the history of musical theatre in 'The Prom,' but this is the kind of fast, funny, contemporary show that every season needs...Wickedly knowing while simultaneously wearing its heart on its sleeve."
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November 15th, 2018

"A bonbon of the highest order. It is so deliciously entertaining that it probably makes zero difference that it is also manipulative as hell, with a bifurcated plot targeting two different audience demographics and an often funny, lightly satirical script aimed with great precision at low-hanging fruit. Categorize it as a guilty pleasure, if you wish, but a pleasure it most assuredly is...A jubilant Broadway musical that aims to please and that, more often than not, fully hits the mark."
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November 15th, 2018

"A good idea for a musical gone terribly wrong...The fatal flaw with 'The Prom' regards its tone. 'The Prom' has been facetiously crafted as a cartoon type of ha-ha musical...That’s all very well until its silliness hits an iceberg in the serious issue of homophobia and LGBTQ discrimination. There is a jarring dislocation...Such a bright approach in style does not befit the darker story about the ruthless exploitation of a woeful situation...Watching it unfold so blithely troubles me."
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November 15th, 2018

"The satirical possibilities are numerous, but since this is a musical comedy directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, we trust that they will be handled with minimal cynicism and an emphasis on exuberant showmanship. And they are...'The Prom' may not change your life, but the possibility of progress it celebrates, and the buoyant respite it offers from naysaying and gloom, are not unsubstantial things these days.
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November 16th, 2018

"There’s a lot to like about the new Broadway musical 'The Prom,' including its lively songs, game cast and big heart. But the show at the Longacre Theatre also has a nagging split personality...It’s broad and silly and tough to sustain over two and a quarter hours...The songs provide a refreshing lift...In the end, the show, like a mullet prom dress, wants it both ways. It pleads for acceptance of individuality while it traffics in extreme stereotypes."
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November 15th, 2018

"While the ongoing zany homage succeeds in keeping us entertained, the real achievement is that by the end of the night I truly cared what was to become of the characters...This achievement is due in no small part to Kinnunen, who gives a performance of such consistent, anchored emotional sincerity and authentic musicality that she succeeds in keeping the entire show from slipping away into silliness....Nicholaw is nothing if not a master showman."
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December 28th, 2018

“‘The Prom’ is giving Broadway something it's been lacking for years, which is a high-spirited, old-fashioned musical comedy, where the cast's energy spills out over the footlights, and is then reflected in all the smiling faces you encounter as you leave the theater. It's the equivalent of a standing ovation that moves out into the streets.”
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November 15th, 2018

"A very wacky-world. This zany, cleverly written musical addresses social issues with great emotional ups and downs while you laugh your socks off...Lessons are learned all around by everyone as thoughts, feelings and preconceived ideas about rules, right or wrong, religion and the Bible, begin to change...There’s terrific hi-energy ensemble dance in hot sequin sneakers...Definitely a fun night out at the theater going to a prom unlike one you’ve ever attended!"
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November 20th, 2018

“A tuneful original score, a book about characters across the age spectrum who deliver a positive message along with the laughs, and lots of eye-catching visuals and peppy dance numbers...Two and a half hours of enjoyable musical entertainment...Nicholaw's fast-paced direction and generous serving of lively dance routines...overcomes the occasional stumbles into over-sentimental and somewhat ham-fisted humor. The entire cast is terrific.”
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November 20th, 2018

“So much fun...The music here was lively, if familiar. The lyrics suffered occasionally from a self-mocking, self-referential quality; still, there were some refreshing stings...The characters are broadly drawn Broadway type...The story is unlikely at best. But the script has some bite. There were up to twenty lines that only worked if you were steeped in musicals...That ‘The Prom’ is not edgy is fine; it is exuberant.”"
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November 20th, 2018

“’The Prom’ proudly and easily surpassing its deceivingly stale title, reinventing the musical comedy wheel with stupendous charm, humor and a whole wagon full of heart and cleverness...Hilariously spot on lyrics overflows the punch bowl with smart and sassy songs one after the other, glorified by magnificent performances, and a heartfelt message of love, connection, and inclusion...A full throttle joy to behold."
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November 30th, 2018

“Big, broad and brassy. It is full of stereotypes, theatre references, production numbers, and a lot of laughs from characters you learn to love. What sets this show apart, is that it takes a chance, betting against the odds, that an important subject matter can be addressed and resolved, even if heavily sugar coated with humor, song, and dance, as long as real, honest human beings emerge in the process...An incredible cast...These talented performers are exhilarating and a joy to watch."
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November 19th, 2018

“’The Prom’ is really two musicals in one. One is a funny, knowing backstage comedy, satirizing the self-regard of theater folk. The other is a loud, fast high school musical. What ties them together, somewhat glibly, is a story of homophobia inspired by true events...The point of ‘The Prom’ is to entertain. And this, I must admit, it often does. This feels especially true in Act II when both the ensemble lets loose, and each of the Broadway hams gets a number to strut their stuff.”
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November 15th, 2018

"Much of 'The Prom’s' giddy success comes from its razor-sharp writing team...'The Prom' teaches lessons of tolerance and acceptance through laughter, and the troupe’s narcissism eventually gives way to empathy with the help of the story’s unassuming heroine. Ms. Kinnunen is refreshingly honest, carrying herself with heartfelt Gen Z awkwardness while also possessing Broadway vocal chops that will have audiences on their feet."
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November 15th, 2018

"As he's proved for years, choreographer-director Casey Nicholaw knows how to fill a stage with inventive dance numbers better than anyone else currently working on Broadway, while the script by Tony Award winner Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin is full of laugh-out-loud jokes, irreverent wit and so many 'inside' theater references that the Playbill should come with a glossary."
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December 20th, 2018

"While it's yet another show emphasizing…identity politics, it serves up enough spoonfuls of theatrical sugar to make its medicine go down…Each lead gets plenty of singing, dancing, and comic opportunities...Martin…and…Beguelin's…formulaic book provides them with engagingly entertaining material, as do Beguelin's snappy lyrics, and Matthew Sklar's happily upbeat music…Leavel, Ashmanskas, Sieber, and Schworer comprise as talented a quartet of musical comedy performers as you're likely to find."
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November 20th, 2018

“This delightful, cannily-crafted show that puts the comedy back in musical comedy...Totally original. It is hilarious, generous and touching...There is a terrific song for each character, the dance numbers are wonderfully energetic and the ending is touching. The sturdy book...includes a slew of insider Broadway musical jokes to make the audience feel smart. The music is catchy and the lyrics are often clever...Brilliantly cast.”
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November 15th, 2018

"Emma and Alyssa make a case for why no one, straight or gay, should be forced to live in Indiana. But need the two girls be so dour and dull?...Nicholaw knows precisely want to do with his four ham actors, but leaves stranded the two lesbians and the many bigots surrounding them. His choreography makes this prom one high school dance worth attending. But then you realize you’re watching a bunch of homophobes kick up their heels to have a good time."
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November 18th, 2018

"The wittiest musical to brighten Broadway this season...Add an enjoyable cast, Casey Nicholaw’s slick direction, and rousing choreography perfectly attuned to the subject matter and you have the ingredients for a sure-fire, word-of-mouth hit...A terrific ensemble masters the spirited, demanding choreography, often to audience applause...Fun-filled and packed with entertainment blending with the underlying sincerity."
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March 14th, 2019

"None of these characters are likeable...Most of it’s high camp, unfunny parody with loads and loads of in jokes for theater going regulars. The rest is a heartwarming story of self-realization whose declarations the audience cheers. Uneasy bedfellows...There’s a real story buried in here, even, possibly, an appealing musical...If only it would make up its mind...Matthew Sklar’s music is generic. Chad Beguelin’s book is part of the schizophrenic problem."
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November 15th, 2018

“A good, old-fashioned, heartwarming musical that is wholly original...’The Prom,' a sweet and subversive original new musical, is a delicious gift from the musical comedy gods. This tale of four Broadway performers descending on rural Indiana to help a lesbian teenager take her girlfriend to the prom packs non-stop laughs and high energy dance numbers alongside an important message of inclusion. A good, old-fashioned musical, you can’t go wrong with a visit to ‘The Prom.’”
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November 15th, 2018

"'The Prom' is encumbered with hackneyed familiarity when it comes to characters and plot, and a broad comedy and forced brightness and lightness where at least a tinge of darkness or reality would have been more welcome...The musical seeks to tell a simpler tale, yet it also aims to be both satire and cultural lesson...The message, ultimately, is positive...It’s just sad and depressing that the story and characters have to be so simple and unchallenging to get there."
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November 15th, 2018

"An often blissfully goofy new musical of strong moral fiber...Makes a wholehearted case for theatre’s capacity to soothe and uplift the spirit. At once a love letter to the form and rallying cry for outsiders young and old, it’s the kind of musical that reminds audiences at every turn why any of us love musicals in the first place...The first new Broadway musical to directly and successfully address the country’s deepening political divisions in the present day."
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December 11th, 2018

“Maybe it’s not perfect, but if you are up for laugh-out-loud fun, catchy tunes, and major-league performances, you won’t be disappointed with ‘The Prom’...While ‘The Prom’s’ framework is reminiscent of many vibrant American musicals, its nutty backstage theatricality mixes up a timely and poignant message of acceptance...’The Prom’ strikes some timely discrimination issues and punctures a few show-biz egos. It is an entertaining musical with a sincere heart.”
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November 19th, 2018

"Manages to combine sharply hilarious spoofs of narcissistic actors with a feel-good narrative about overcoming intolerance, though interestingly, the satirical Broadway characters come off better developed than the lesbians...'The Prom' far from a searing portrait of small town America or queer sexuality, but it doesn’t pretend to be. Instead, it’s a zippily entertaining romp involving self-discovery and zazz, with a middle-aged quartet that sings and dances their heinies off."
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November 15th, 2018

"There’s a tired, been-there-done-that quality to the whole thing...For a show that preaches tolerance, there is precious little on display, with equal-opportunity bashing aimed at everyone...But the nastiest digs are directed at Midwest values...It’s all intended as satire, of course, but somehow it comes off as just plain mean."
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November 15th, 2018

"Silly and slight, but also heartfelt and sweet...The songs feel like genuine expressions of the characters' dilemmas and frustrations...Yet MVP credit here goes to Nicholaw, who not only moves the show along at an exuberant clip and keeps the tone balanced between sincerity and self-referentiality, but also serves up some of the mostly deceptively sophisticated, purely entertaining choreography of any recent Broadway musical."
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December 12th, 2018

“To say that ‘The Prom’ is the best musical of the season may not sound like much of a compliment...However, this musical would stand tall in any season with stiffer competition...A musical that is joyous for the holidays...A musical with a heart, a message that is not preachy, a hysterical book, a memorable score, direction and choreography that are expertly paced and placed and the expertise of three of the best Grade A hams on Broadway.”
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November 20th, 2018

“'The Prom’ is everything we love about Broadway...Hilarious, powerful, poignant, silly, and happily cheesy...An empowering love story between two teens...Fabulously directed by Casey Nicholaw...It goes beyond defending and honoring LGBTQ’s right to love. It defends and dignifies love, itself. It is incredibly vivacious from music to performances...It is a surplus of hope, joy, and equality."
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November 30th, 2018

“Liberal political correctness in a feel-good Broadway musical...The heart of ‘The Prom’ is in the right place. It’s a confirming tale of self-realization and tolerance but the show nearly trips into the incorrectness it makes fun of...Like it’s well-meaning characters, ‘The Prom’ doesn’t intend to demean or condescend but it does both. Some...glide past this subtext because the show is so damn good at fulfilling all the feel good expectations for today’s musical comedy fare.”
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November 16th, 2018

"Joyously affectionate...It takes Broadway types and tropes on the road to a small-town Indiana community wrestling with societal change and promoting a story of lesbian acceptance...The support comes from four ambitious Broadway types, trying to generate a publicity campaign on her behalf in order to promote themselves...These four pull out all the comic stops – and most of the cliches...It’s heartening to see a second musical about the lesbian experience on Broadway."
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November 23rd, 2018

"It takes leaps at addressing social issues, in a fun-loving way. Social issues like individuality and inclusiveness...What touches us here is the innocence and freshness of the story no matter how traditional it all clearly is...The charm of this musical lies in its whacky characters, the diversity of its actors, and the feel-good story which ends with two girls kissing lovingly on stage, and the promise of a biracial marriage.”
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November 17th, 2018

“'The Prom' is hysterically funny, with a real sense of joy...The show is such a frenzy that we never get to see the home lives of the two girls at the center of the scandal. But that may be just as well. ‘The Prom’ really works as a send up of show business...The gay themes are there for spice, not to make a point. And still the point is made. It’s all about acceptance. And we accept ‘The Prom’ for what it is– very, very funny.”
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November 15th, 2018

"Too tempting of a political carrot for a Broadway community starving for witty political humor and the warm embrace of an indulgent Broadway musical...As hard as I tried, I couldn’t dislike it; in fact, I loved it...'The Prom,' bound by a stingingly clever book, exceedingly well-written for musicals of its ilk, is as much a political parody of Broadway as it is a love song to its own form...Exceptionally original yet cradled by tradition."
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November 24th, 2018

“A well-intentioned new musical that is poorly executed...This show has good moments, a very empathetic and likable heroine, and a fun and entertaining score. But...the supporting cast is poorly written and the story is so problematic at times that...the show is being as self-righteous as the characters it is trying to admonish...Sklar and Beguelin have written some great songs...In the midst of clunky pandering to social statements, there is a beautiful love story. I wish we got more of it."
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November 16th, 2018

“The completely original new show starts off with a bang and never lets up...The book...is tight and perfectly constructed...The laughs are endless...Tears will be shed. Like a real prom night, you get to have all the feels with this show...Nicholaw lets the script speak for itself, walking that perfect line between reality and musical comedy heaven, all with breathtaking pacing...The cast is just as perfect...As far as musical comedies go, this one is practically perfect in every way.”
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November 16th, 2018

"A hilarious and at times touching musical farce...Ineptitude, inflated egos and teenage angst will likely never be this much fun...The choreography by director Casey Nicholaw is amazing—perhaps too amazing: Some of the kids dancing at the prom look like they were raised in a boot camp run by Michael Kidd and Bob Fosse...But you best just go with it, lest you miss some of the funniest dialogue around...An unashamed comedy with some well-earned, genuinely touching moments."
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November 15th, 2018

"The first scenes of 'The Prom'...are as deliriously funny as any musical of recent vintage...'The Prom' promises a modern twist for a divided America. But while the show’s creators are brave and brash in creating their silly, self-involved blue-state anti-heroes, to hilarious result, they are less confident in their rendition of the red-staters...Compared to the complex teens currently populating Broadway...'The Prom' falls short."
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November 26th, 2018

“'The Prom' pulls no punches about which side it’s on, and what ends up happening is that most of the first act feels self-aggrandizing and condescending...I laughed out of uncomfortableness...You could see ‘The Prom’ as two musicals in one...Those looking for musical comedy camp and those who want a more serious story...The flip side is that it could appear to be a musical that doesn’t know what it wants to be.”
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