Now Reading
Creator of gay musical The Prom personally invites Mike Pence to show

Creator of gay musical The Prom personally invites Mike Pence to show

Vice President Mike Pence

A new Broadway musical, The Prom, is making waves in big ways.

With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Bob Martin, is about a small Indiana town whose high school cancels prom after lead character Emma tries to bring her girlfriend as her date.

It claims to be the first musical with a lesbian couple as the protagonists, and it also made history as the first musical to air a lesbian kiss during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Its queer representation wasn’t only inspired by the need for it and true stories, but also by an unexpected figure: Vice President Mike Pence.

While speaking to NBC, Beguelin had a message for Pence: ‘I think you really need to come and see The Prom, and also, we set it in Indiana because of you.’

Why Pence?

Before becoming VP, Pence was the governor of Indiana.

During his time as governor, his prediliction for anti-LGBTI policies. The Human Right Campaign released an extensive report earlier this year about Pence’s political history, including his time in Indiana.

Some of his policies then included signing a religious freedom bill and wanted his state to pass a same-sex marriage ban bill.

During his time as VP, these leanings haven’t changed. In September, he became the first VP to speak at an anti-LGBTI conference. Trump also once joked Pence wanted to ‘hang all the gays’.

Pence has earned numerous critics from all this, including Olympian Adam Rippon and television host John Oliver.

‘It’s about love’

Beguelin continued his comments, saying their show ‘isn’t about ostracizing people’.

‘Our show is not about telling people, “You are wrong.” Again, it’s about listening and empathy and accepting, and so my invite [to Pence] would just be like, “Listen to our show. It’s about love.”‘

Lead actor Caitlin Kinnunen, who plays Emma, said the same thing: ‘I honestly want everyone to see this, and I want everyone on both sides of the spectrum, or all sides of the spectrum to see it.’

Pence has a somewhat contentious relationship with Broadway after he was booed when he saw a production of Hamilton. The cast ended up addressing him from stage.

According to Beguelin, though, the show has already made a positive impact.

‘We get so many people that after the show come up to us and say, “You changed my point of view.” There are some people that are like, “I was that homophobic parent, and I didn’t know what the show is about, and now I’ve really got to sort of reexamine my point of view.”‘

More from Gay Star News

Rent on Fox: Rehearsals start for new live TV production of hit-musical

Todrick Hall on joining Chicago: ‘Nothing in the script says Billy Flynn’s straight’

The Cher Show is the empowering musical women need right now