|Kaden Kearney and Kalyn West
(photo by Deen van Meer)
|Courtney Balan, Patrick Wetzel, Bud Weber,
and Emily Borromeo (photo by Deen van Meer)
From the opening set that's like a colorful cartoon version of the iconic NYC restaurant Sardi's, to the open sky backdrops and high school lockers, the set design transports us to the various locations of the story, with set pieces rolled in, turned around, or dropped from the ceiling. The cast is dressed in fun and character-defining costumes, from Dee Dee's fierce and glamorous jumpsuits, to Emma's casual chic pants and jackets, to a wide array of high school dance attire, and everything in between. Plus - sparkly tennies for all! (Scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth and Matthew Pachtman)
The fun and poppy score (by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguilin, whose previous credits include Elf) includes some upbeat numbers that you'll walk away singing, spoofy comedy songs (Eleanor: The Musical?!), and some great empowerment anthems. The show contains many nods to other musicals, it the score and also in the dialogue, which are fun for musical theater nerds to try to catch. The choreography (by director Casey Nicholow) is young, modern, fast, and fresh, creating the best group prom numbers ever.
It doesn't matter if you have fond memories of your high school prom, or traumatic ones, or never went at all, The Prom isn't really about the prom. It's about young people standing up for their rights, different groups of people coming together and learning from each other, and being the best and most authentic version of yourself. What's not to love about that?!
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|it's time to dance! (photo by Deen van Meer)