Ariana Grande Will Star In Netflix's Adaptation Of 'The Prom' Musical

Carla Harmon
June 25, 2019

Well, looks like Ryan Murphy's highly lucrative deal with Netflix has started to pay off: according to Deadline, the American Horror Story creator will next write and direct an adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom for the streaming giant, and he's assembled one helluva cast to pull it off.

Streep and Kidman are to pair up with James Corden and Andrew Rannells as four Broadway actors who travel to IN to boost their profile by helping Emma, a high school senior forbidden from taking her girlfriend to prom.

Streep is set to assume the lead role of Dee Dee Allen, Deadline reported, allowing her to utter the show-stopping line, "How do you silence a woman who can belt?"

"Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony victor who teams with Corden's Barry Glickman in a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt". In need of a new cause to get things back on track, she gets involved when a Midwestern high schooler named Emma is forbidden from bringing her girlfriend to prom. Keegan-Michael Key will reportedly play Streep's love interest, Principal Hawkins, while Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians breakout Awkwafina is said to be stepping in as the foursome's publicist.

Filming is set to launch in December, with a tentative theatrical release set for the fall of 2020.

Murphy will produce the film with Alexis Woodall, Bill Damaschke, and Dori Berinstein from a screenplay written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, with the latter screenwriter penning the music and lyrics with Matthew Sklar.

Murphy will co-produce the film's soundtrack alongside Scooter Braun. "The Prom", which was nominated for six Tony Awards including best musical, will end its Broadway run August 11. Stay tuned as more casting will be announced soon, including the leading role of Emma.

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