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The Prom (Atlanta)

From 4 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

About the show

This new 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.

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“A happy merging of disparate worlds…a loopy, loving and joyous musical…Martin co-scripted this very funny, tenderhearted show with Beguelin, once again tapping into the power of positive showtunes...A crackerjack cast that mixes outrageous ham with schmaltz…The proceedings are propelled by Nicholaw’s energetic and witty dances, plus a pleasing score by Matthew Sklar that refresh showtune templates…Transformation is the emotional thread deftly woven throughout.” Full Review

Atlanta INtown

"The combination of the actors and the high school kids is really stretching the 'willing suspension of disbelief'...If this show makes it to Broadway, it will be because of its big heart and its great dancing and catchy music and lyrics...I loved it myself, despite my reservations about the creaky plot. In these days of hyper-negativity and political strife, we need some fun—and 'The Prom' gives it to us in spades..The good heart is ultimately going to win you over." Full Review

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Part public service announcement ('Let the gay kids dance!') and part valentine to the outrageous egos of the Great White Way. A crowd-pleasing spectacle with a well-intentioned message...'The Prom' is delightful good fun...The problem is, the tale that purports to be about Emma and her girlfriend Alyssa is pretty much bulldozed by the antics of the uninvited New Yorkers...'The Prom' may need a bit of a tweak before it lands on Broadway. But, for the most part, it’s good to go." Full Review


"It ends up lurching in a surprising, though not entirely unsatisfactory, direction, offering a satiric look at Broadway, the cult of celebrity, and all the attendant excesses. Along the way, the show cooks up a passable number of colorful scenes and fun numbers...But overall the show ends up feeling too crowded and unfocused...Somehow all that singing and dancing never coalesce into something that truly hits us in an intensely personal place." Full Review

Entertaining, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if You like a relevant, heart wrenching story with a good ending. The music is great, cast is outstanding and the dancing is amazing!

Don't see it if People who are under the ago of ten may not be into this show. Don’t see it if you don’t like theatre humor and references.

Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You like a vibrant, fast-paced musical with great singing and dancing that also has a contemporary theme.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy musical comedy or shows about homophobia.

Also This was an exhilarating musical entertainment with clever song lyrics... Read more Read less

Clever, Heartwarming, Hilarious, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You love the idea of a good old fashioned musical dressed up as a smart, relevant, present-day comedy.

Don't see it if You are not interested in big, broad, laugh-out-loud comedies.

Also Beth Leavel is a DREAM in this show. She's delivering one of her best ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Profound, Entertaining

See it if A musical with great choreographing A delightful story with a punch

Don't see it if If you are homophobic

Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You love comedy musical. It’s too good. Laughed too hard it still hurts... also cried a lot during the second act. Great show!

Don't see it if You’re not into broadway related jokes.

Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Delightful, Fluffy

See it if want to have a good time and enjoy are good story

Don't see it if if you want serious drama

Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want a delightful, upbeat evening at the theater

Don't see it if You want a serious, thought provoking show

Also Wonderful mix of over the top humor and poignant story, with great sin... Read more Read less

Funny, Indulgent, Great singing, Great acting, High-energy

See it if you like high-energy shows like Hairspray with fun songs and big dance numbers performed by a talented cast

Don't see it if you're expecting something thought-provoking with nuanced discussion of important social topics

Also It was an original and fun, though somewhat predictable, story that in... Read more Read less

Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like great singing and dancing, the show is very entertaining

Don't see it if you're tired of the elitist "liberal good conservative bad" mantra and stereotyped characters

Also as entertaining as the show is, you feel like you're being preached to... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Banal, Good first act, weaker 2nd act

See it if Good 1st act, weaker 2nd act. Entertaining, good dancing and voices. Best when it doesn't take itself too seriously.

Don't see it if Don't want to be lectured (2nd act). Subject matter handled better in Mothers & Sons, and Significant Other.

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Cliched, Topical

See it if If you like traditional Bway musicals w/ a gay/topical theme & aren't looking for anything innovative or long-lasting. This is solidly avg

Don't see it if you like shows that break new ground or take risks-or don't want to be preached to-or ones that are trying too hard to be liked

Good subject treated very lightly.

See it if You want a grade B broadway musical. Some good things but not enough and not good enough.

Don't see it if You want a top quality broadway musical.

Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You’re for empowerment of who you are.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big extravaganza broadway show.