Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

The Prom (Broadway)

From 1,115 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 | Already closed | Longacre Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1115)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Relevant
85
Avg Score

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.

Also Even though this was completely predictable (you know how it’s going t... Read more Read less

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.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if A story that has to be told. Wonderful veteran performers. Much dancing that delivers. Great voices by the young leads as well.. ALSO

Don't see it if Not for those who will not hear. For those who only expect 90 minutes, sorry to say but you are rewarded with more than two hours.

Also Staging, lighting and sound (although a bit loud at times) all excel. ... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Nicholaw's staging a powerhouse of B'way razzle-dazzle w/ leads wholeheartedly at either ends of the spectrum Crowd pleasing affirmation

Don't see it if Musical tries hard to mask insincere message of inclusion & understanding Unflattering portraits of Midwestern & Eastern self-rightousness

91
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Relevant

See it if enjoy musical "comedy" with a touch of farce, stories with LGBT characters and issues, clever lyrics & creative numbers, exquisite acting

Don't see it if don't like plots with several LGBT characters & gay humor, same-sex kissing, prom memories, overripe performances, fish out of water plots

Also Also, you should not see it if you don't like people from Indiana to b... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Profound, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you like fun and profound shows with LGBTQ themes—or you enjoy director Casey Nicholaw’s work: flashy, fun, and fabulous.

Don't see it if you’re not into musicals. This show is “pure Broadway”—jazz hands and all.

Also There was a family seated behind me with a young boy (probably 5 or 6)... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you want to have a lot of fun while watching the message of inclusion be dished out so that no one can refrain from understanding-super cast

Don't see it if you do not like good musicals with a talented cast who sing, act and dance well, in colorful costumes on good sets for 2 1/2 hours of fun.

95
Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Quicky, funny show with alot of heart. About getting a prom together and helping Emma.

Don't see it if If you have a problem with two young ladies in love.

Also This show surprise me for I didn't think it would be this good./great.... Read more Read less

90
Hilarious, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Brilliant choreography

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

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this show ! It owes a debt to older musicals but ... Read more Read less

88
Satire, Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if Gale force wind of B'way swoops into small town to right a social wrong to ensure a better day for itself, and oh btw, for all gay daters.

Don't see it if Very disappointing staging & production values, but the self-absorption aspect of New Yorkers in the terrific book compensates for any ills.

95
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Wow! an original musical comedy!!

See it if you enjoy NEW and ORIGINAL musicals. A perfect cast makes this one of the most enjoyable evenings in town. NIcolaw's contributions are great

Don't see it if just see it...you will have a wonderful time and maybe shed a tear or two.

86
Great singing, Original, Relevant, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You like original musicals both relevant & fun, terrific songs, dances, & characters. Small town revolts against same sex couple at prom.

Don't see it if You agree that same-sex couples should not attend proms as dates. LOL You want to miss one of the best original new musicals.

Also You will recognize a lot of the fabulous cast of Broadway and TV actor... Read more Read less

84
Great choreography and production dances, Some catchy tunes and touching moments, Great casting for every role, From slow start builds to feel-good finish

See it if Broadway narcissistic has-been stars descend on Indiana town to help lesbian teen have a prom; She welcomes their help but has a better idea

Don't see it if You don’t think an anti-homophobic theme is enough to carry a Broadway show. The “Broadway” roles are campy and cliché. Hairspray make-over.

87
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to see a delightful show that puts the comedy back in musical comedy. It's cleverly crafted and cast to perfection.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or are homophobic.

87
Hilarious, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you like original musicals with funny catchy songs and a hilarious relevant story.

Don't see it if you're homophobic and you need only serious themes in your musicals.

97
Delightful, Relevant, Great singing, Great writing, Great choreography

See it if you like musicals that totally entertain & educate at the same time.Delightful show.Shines a light on homophobia.Does it while entertaining

Don't see it if you are a right wing wing nut.Or actually you are EXACTLY the person who needs to see this fun and funny show. Open your unruly heart!

82
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy good musicals. This show has all the qualities of the great traditional musicals but is also updated for today.

Don't see it if you can't take seeing jokes made at the expense of either conservatives or liberals. This show is bipartisan and finds humor in both sides.

80
Relevant, Great dancing, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if Love old school Broadway shows set to contemporary themes. A for energy

Don't see it if Gay themed humor is offensive to you.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want a totally entertaining evening of musical COMEDY, this is it. Only the score was lacking in originality.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh or don't like musicals.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you’d enjoy a joyous, bittersweet, funny coming-of-age story crashed by a troup of Broadway also-rans played by a group of Broadway legends.

Don't see it if you have a closed mind or a closed heart. I’ve heard this called the sleeper hit of the season, but it’s a real contender for Best Musical.

Also See this before the Tony nominations are announced and you have to pay... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Clever, Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if high energy show about a girl who wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom; intertwined with stories of narcissistic actors

Don't see it if don't want stories about discrimination toward LGBTQ community; don't like cliches or stereotypes; don't like to be uplifted

Also Great, great set - very quickly goes from (among other things) Applebe... Read more Read less

80
Cheesy, Energetic, Funny, Won't age well, Fluff with a heart of gold

See it if looking for a fun, heartfelt show that caters to families that span various generations—and with open-minded members; you want to laugh.

Don't see it if you're over the seeming “teen takeover” of Broadway—i.e. you don’t like Be More Chill, Mean Girls, or that type of musical; homophobic.

Also The Prom has charming humor due to a “generation gap.” This gap is fil... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want a new musical with new ideas and its very funny for broadway lovers

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical theater

88
Resonant, Great singing, Delightful, Relevant, Great dancing

See it if You love Broadway dancing. You like a show that's light and fun but also carries a message.

Don't see it if You're a homophobe. Well, actually, you should see it if you're a homophobe.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want a hit over the head strong message tempered with belly laughs!

Don't see it if you don't like musical theater because it's everything about musical theater -WAY GAY- that your homophobic parents cringe about!!!!!!!!!!!

Also LOVED Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Angie Schworer, and of course Ch... Read more Read less


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 e...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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