Ryan Murphy will adapt Broadway musical The Prom for Netflix.
The feature film will be a “movie event” for the streaming giant, made in conjunction with the musical production’s creative team.
“THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway,” Murphy said on Instagram, where he announced the project. “It’s truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it’s set in Indiana, and that’s where I grew up, too.”
Created by Jack Viertel with a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, plus music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Beguelin, the musical is a comedy about Broadway stars on a mission to change the world, a girl who wants to change her small town, and a love that brings them all together.
“I’m thrilled to announce I’m turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix,” Murphy added, “and I’m bringing producers Bill Damaschke and Dori Berinstein and the amazing creative team with me – Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee Matthew Sklar and Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin. See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I’ve ever seen on Broadway.”
It marks a rapidly growing array of Murphy projects in the works for Netflix, where he has an exclusive overall deal, including The Politician (out on 27th September), Ratched – a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel – and Hollywood.