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‘The Prom’ at the Alliance Theatre

2016 September 15
by Susan Asher


When you leave a show still clapping in the aisles after the actors have left the stage, something must be great. And the new musical “The Prom” at the Alliance Theatre certainly is. Whether or not you’re asked to “The Prom,” this Broadway-bound performance is one you need to get to. Reminiscent of Jerry Herman, “Mame,” Judy and Mickey, “Evita,” and even Mel Brooks with a mixture of contemporary controversy over LBGT rights, the show rocks with modern music and old-style show tunes.

The premise runs on a failing Broadway show whose cast hears about a small town Indiana high school prom that is being canceled due to Emma (Caitlin Kinnunen) who intends to bring another girl as her date. The Broadway show’s diva, Dee Dee Allen (Beth Leavel), and a few other cast members decide to become involved in Emma’s cause and travel to the school to stir publicity in hopes of luring people back to their show.

The entire cast is outstanding. Level is a true Broadway star who received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her starring role of Beatrice Stockwell in The Drowsy ChaperoneAt least one other performer if not more have been nominated for Tony Awards.

If talent, a great script and great music is all it takes to get to Broadway, this show has it.

Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin,”The Prom” runs through Sept. 25 at the Alliance Theatre.

Cast:

Mary Antonini, Brooks Ashmanskas, Anna Grace Barlow, Courtenay Collins, Collins Conley, DeMarius R. Copes, Kevin Csolak, Shelby Finnie, Josh Franklin, Damon J. Gillespie, Sheldon Henry, Josh Lamon, Becca Lee, Kate Marilley, Isabelle McCalla, Chris Medlin, Martin Moran, Becca Petersen, Angie Schworer, Christopher Sieber, Brendon Stimson, Teddy Toye, Alena Watters, Michelle West.

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