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

85%
(1219 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
6%
Negative
2%
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (1,219)

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87 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if are Broadway nerd. A lot of Broadway jokes in the stage version. The songs are memorable and it is very funny. Choreography is amazing

Don't see it if you like politics or LGBTQ in musicals. Read more

139 Reviews | 26 Followers
100
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see one of the best musicals on Broadway. Great acting, singing, dancing all with a meaningful message that is conveyed

Don't see it if You dislike musicals and can’t be convinced otherwise. You’re uncomfortable with LGBTQ issues and profanity. Read more

135 Reviews | 18 Followers
100
Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to be moved, you want to laugh, cry and feel all of the feelings! you want to see if all the reviews are right (they are!)

Don't see it if you aren't into equality and love being love

54 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You love musicals, great acting, singing, dancing, smiling...basically if you have a heart.

Don't see it if You’re someone who doesn’t like to laugh or smile.

67 Reviews | 20 Followers
100
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy a good musical with wonderful performances and terrific choreography.

Don't see it if You have a problem with gays.

95 Reviews | 17 Followers
100
Funny, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like musicals, and can handle relevant social issues

Don't see it if you prefer plays, don't want to hear about LGBTQ issues.

123 Reviews | 57 Followers
100
Enchanting, Hilarious, Great singing, Quirky, Great dancing

See it if This show was a delightful surprise. Heartfelt, funny, wonderfully sung and danced, genuinely moving and original.

Don't see it if You are turned off by LGBT social themes or campiness. A lot of the theatre insider jokes may go over heads. Read more

69 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a quirky coming of age/high school story for the queer community.

Don't see it if You have issue with the concept of the acceptance of the LGBTQA community. Read more

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
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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New Yorker
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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The Wall Street Journal
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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Deadline
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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New York Daily News
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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Variety
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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