New York | 2h 15m | Open run

The Prom (Broadway)

From 52 critic and 710 member reviews
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.') More…

When these theater relics hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. 

2h 15m | Open run | Longacre Theatre (Midtown W)


95
TheaterScene.net

“‘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.” Full Review

95
Diandra Reviews it All

“'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." Full Review

95
JK's Theatre Scene

“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.” Full Review

91
Front Mezz Junkies

“’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." Full Review

90
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

90
The Observer

"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." Full Review

90
Stage Left

“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.’” Full Review

90
Broadway Blog

"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." Full Review

90
Theatre Reviews Limited

“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." Full Review

90
Fordham Observer

"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." Full Review

88
Front Row Center

“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.”" Full Review

87
Cabaret Scenes

“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.” Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

“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." Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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." Full Review

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

85
CurtainUp

“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.” Full Review

85
Gotham Playgoer

“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.” Full Review

85
Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

85
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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." Full Review

85
The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

85
Variety

"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." Full Review

85
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

85
Towleroad

"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." Full Review

85
NJ.com

"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." Full Review


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.

100
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love musical comedies about how wonderful musicals are. I loved this! I’ve seen it 3 times answers hope to see it a bunch more times.

Don't see it if You don’t like musical comedies. You monster.

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.

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.

Also This show really surprised me, in the best way. I found myself very mo... Read more Read less

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.

Also It made me a little teary and super happy that there is a successful a... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You are a musical fan and if you enjoy powerful shows and really emotional shows

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You love a positive message with humor Loved everything about it Would see again Excellent

Don't see it if You hate musicals or homophobic

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you LOVE musicals & want a show that is totally entertaining but also has depth & a great story. All the performers are BRILLIANT!!!

Don't see it if you have a cold, dead heart, or don't enjoy depth, fun & laughing. This show has everything you could want in a musical. JUST GO SEE IT NOW!

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you love amazing choreography, unbelievable performances from Bway royalty AND some lesser known, & you want a good ol gay time ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Don't see it if you don't want to open your heart and mind to the struggles of LGBTQIA+ youth, which in that case you REALLY need to see it

100
Wonderful!, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Hilarious

See it if A complete joy from start to finish. Acting, dancing, singing, direction...everything was wonderful. I'm going to see it again. And I did.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you agree with Mike Pence and are homophobic. Otherwise...GO!

100
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to see something original and fresh. The show is adult, literate, and hilarious. Great score with amazing songs! Loved it!

Don't see it if you have an issue with a story about a gay teenager and acceptance/tolerance. I would not miss this show though. It is one of the best.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see a funny great musical.

Don't see it if you don't like Broadway musicals.

Also The Prom made me laugh since the beginning till the end. Great music, ... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Funny, Great staging

See it if You love contemporary shows, funny jokes, great and upbeat dancing

Don't see it if You’re lame, just see it!!

100
Delightful, Funny, Exquisite, Poignant, Must see

See it if I did not expect to be absolutely moved by the Prom, it is not only hilarious, but touching and beautiful, all wrapped up in a perfect show!

Don't see it if you're homophobic or hate to laugh

100
Delightful, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you're prepared to laugh, cry, and dance.

Don't see it if your small mindedness will cloud your ability to take in how beautiful of a show it is.

100
Entertaining, Hilarious, Relevant, Enjoyable

See it if You enjoy great dancing, a relevant storyline and wonderful acting and singing! This show is so funny and sad at the same time! I loved it!!

Don't see it if If you don’t care for theatre references in a show, don’t like to laugh and if you don’t like big fun dance numbers.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You love broadway show with an important and relevant message. Are interested in lgbt themes and issues.

Don't see it if You’re not looking for an original show, dealing with issues pulled from current events.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want a fun night out. This show is great musical comedy with a purpose. A show that sets out to tell an important story and succeeds

Don't see it if This show is for everyone. It makes u you laugh and cry and feel and rewards you with brilliant star performances. Everyone should see it.

Also An insanely witty book that pokes fun at all sides. A clear point of v... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if you're looking for an important, hilarious, wonderful show that feels like a broadway classic already. I loved every moment.

Don't see it if everyone should see it.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Loved it! so funny!

Don't see it if dont like to laugh and feel moved!

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you are looking for a great show.

Don't see it if you are homophobic.

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love shows like Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten, etc.

Don't see it if You don't like the idea of a lesbian couple going to a prom

100
Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if You love comedy. A feel good musical. Fun for all ages. Great music and excellent choreography.

Don't see it if If you are easily agitated by the political climate. And are bothered by strobe.

100
Hilarious, Great writing, And moving

See it if You want to see the best musical on Broadway.

Don't see it if you are offended by a hilarious attack on the hypocrisies in the bible.

Also I REALLY loved this show. ... Read more Read less

99
Great music, Fun dancing, Hilarious, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You love sarcastic humor, like people making fun of a stereotype

Don't see it if You want drama. If you don't love musical comedies.


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