Everyone Should Go To The Prom with Their Date of Choice… This Prom Is No Exception
The Prom is billed as a musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. True enough. What the teaser omits, is that the stars are perhaps two of the Great White Way’s biggest narcissists to ever step off the stage. They are out to change the world as they need to rebuild their own images as narcissists… hmm… sounds somewhat self-serving, nay, narcissistic, and it certainly is. The long and short of it, Dee Dee Allen (Courtney Balan) and Barry Glickman (Patrick Wetzel) have just opened and closed in one night, “Eleanor” the story of Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR, a bio that the show’s star, Dee Dee has no idea in the world whom she is playing on the stage.
Through an internet search by Dee Dee’s assistant Angie (Emily Borromeo), they stumble upon Emma (Kaden Kearney) of Edgewater Indiana who is fighting to have the right to take her girlfriend to her prom as her date. Barry, as the biggest self-proclaimed homosexual, screams this is right up his alley and off they troop to Indiana to save the day.
Their presence merely causes chaos, pain, and not the desired effect they were looking for. Suffice it to say after much to do, everyone comes away happy, having learned something about themselves and each other. The Prom plot is at best predictable and somewhat dated. What does work is the stunning production.
The Prom is a feel good musical that will sweep you away with its music, costumes, and amazing choreography. Tony Award-winning choreographer and director, Casey Nicholaw fills the stage with huge musical numbers that will want you leaping on the stage to join the fun. Tony award-winner Bob Martin and Tony nominee Chad Beguelin have written a book that is engaging, fun, and thoughtful. Add to that the music and lyrics of Tony nominees Matthew Sklar and Beguelin and you have two and half hours of fun educing excitement.
Balan has a voice to belt with and belt she does. She has a command of the stage and magnetism that draws you to her very presence. Wetzel is the triple threat professional, a man in his 50s who can sing, dance, and act and more than hold his own with dancing cast members a fraction of his age. Borromeo is given ample opportunity to strut her stuff and show off her dancing acumen as well. The runaway of the evening is Bud Weber, as Trent Oliver, the egocentric Broadway performer and Julliard School grad who spends much of the time telling anyone who will listen that he went to Julliard is the perfect male ingenue. Weber is a tall, handsome, great voice, and amazing dancer whose character is just waiting to be discovered.
Emma is a somewhat butch lesbian who really only wants to be left alone and go to the prom without all of the Broadway lights and huppla that the others have brought to Indiana. She is thoughtful, kind, lost and at the same time determined to do it her way. Kearney brings an honest caring softer counterpoint to the brash New Yorkers. Kearney’s character is allowed to grow and come into her own throughout the show and Kearney projects that change well. The supporting cast all presents equal amounts of talent complementing the lead performers.
The Prom has a message under all of the glitter and bright lights. Mostly it is a fun time in the theater. As heavy as the message may be, it is over-showered by great production numbers, phenomenal choreography, memorable music, and great costumes.
The Prom runs at Proctors through Sunday, March 6th. For more information: proctors.org or call the box office: 518-346-6204.