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The Prom to Be Adapted Into a Young Adult Novel

A movie adaptation of the Broadway musical was also recently announced.

Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen star in The Prom.
(© Deen van Meer)

Penguin Random House has announced that Saundra Mitchell (Defy the Dark, All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages) has written an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom, working with the show's creators, Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar. The book will be released on September 10 with Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

Directed by Casey Nicholaw, The Prom is described as follows: "Emma becomes an instant outcast, and a national headline, when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice, and maybe get some good publicity along the way, a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma's small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they, or Emma, could have ever imagined."

The production features music by Sklar, a book by Beguelin and Martin, and lyrics by Beguelin. Leading the cast are Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins, and Josh Lamon. Rounding out the ensemble are Mary Antonini, Gabi Campo, Jerusha Cavazos, Shelby Finnie, Josh Franklin, Fernell Hogan, Joomin Hwang, Sheldon Henry, David Josefsberg, Becca Lee, Wayne Mackins, Kate Marilley, Anthony Norman, Drew Redington, Jack Sippel, Teddy Toye, Kalyn West, and Brittany Zeinstra.

The production has scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth and Matthew Pachtman, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Brian Ronan, hair design by Josh Marquette, and make-up design by Milagros Medina-Cerdeira.

The musical is currently running at the Longacre Theatre. As previously announced, it will also be adapted into a movie.

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