How ‘The Prom’ Became One Memorable Night On Broadway

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What occurs when 4 self-centered Broadway actors star in a musical about Eleanor Roosevelt, face horrid opinions, after which, to salvage their reputations, head to the Midwest to assist a lesbian teenager go to her promenade along with her girlfriend?

That query was, almost certainly, by no means one which musical theater producers thought would turn into the premise for successful real-life present — however that's what occurred when The Prom opened in late 2018. A mixture of campy inside-joke catnip for musical lovers and heartwarming underdogs-persist-and-pull-through story, the present garnered a few of the most overwhelmingly optimistic opinions in latest reminiscence. Much of that reward was for its forged, led by a quartet of seasoned musical comedy stars, and for its zippy, hummable rating. So on this week's Billboard on Broadway podcast, two of these stars — Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber — be a part of composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist and e book author Chad Beguelin to speak about The Prom's journey.

"It screamed comedy, but it surely had such necessary coronary heart to it," says Beguelin of the story's attraction. "I believe as a result of the present has that emotional heart, it actually balances it out," says Sklar. "If that wasn't there, I believe it may need had a special response. But as a result of the center is there, I believe that's why it appears to work."

In their chat with host Rebecca Milzoff, Beguelin and Sklar focus on their longstanding artistic partnership, and the foursome inform the hilarious behind-the-scenes tales concerning the evolution of The Prom's faux flop present, Eleanor: The Musical, clarify the challenges of creating comedy appear spontaneous onstage, and bear in mind their very own highschool proms. 

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