Ryan Murphy has announced that he's adapting the recent broadway hit for the small screen in a Netflix 'movie event'.
In a charity performance of the show benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD, and The Trevor Project, hosted by Murphy he announced his plans to bring the not-even-year-old show to a much wider audience on Netflix. It being the first new movie produced under his new deal with the company.
The award winning producer of Glee and American Horror Story described the musical as "one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway." stating he loved how the show "celebrates the underdog" and says that "that LGBTQ rights are human rights."
The Prom follows the life of Indiana teenager Emma, who's prom gets cancelled after she announces that her date is a girl, and the declining broadway stars who step in to educate the town and save the day (and gain some good publicity of course). It's an uplifting romantic comedy that leaves not a single dry eye by the time their show stopping closing number 'It's Time To Dance' comes around.
Growing up in Indiana himself and having a fairly similar prom experience Murphy said “I wish this show was around when I was a kid,” which may be why he's following through on a promise he made last year to “champion LGBTQ heroes and heroines” in his Netflix projects.
Although this isn't the first time The Prom has broken barriers, the show's performance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade made headlines as it marked the first ever same sex kiss to feature in the parade.
As the show continues its run on Broadway and gains more popularity it is constantly 'Changing Lives' as it were. Young LGBT people can see themselves in the characters of Emma and Alyssa, the show has helped many on their journey of coming to terms with their sexuality as well as showing that even extremely religious small towns can learn acceptance.
Murphy plans to bring this movie to Netflix in 2020, telling the audience “We want to change hearts, minds and votes.”