Gay TV producer Ryan Murphy plans to turn the new Broadway show, The Prom, into a film for Netflix.
Murphy has produced hits like Glee, American Horror Story, The Normal Heart and Pose. The Prom opened on Broadway in November. It tells the story of a teen same-sex couple who wants to attend their school’s prom, but are not allowed to.
Uplifting and special
Murphy made the announcement at a charity performance of the show in New York on Tuesday. Funds from the performance went to LGBTI organizations, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project.
Celebrity attendees, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close and Gus Kenworthy, cheered Murphy when he took to the stage.
He told the crowd his school also banned him from bringing a same-sex partner to his prom.
‘I wish this show was around when I was a kid,’ said Murphy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
‘I protested by wearing six-inch yellow platform boots.’
Murphy explained he wanted ‘to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting’.
‘I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding,’ he said.
The producer also took to social media to announce his plans to turn The Prom into a movie.
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‘THE PROM is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway. It’s truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights,’ Murphy wrote on Instagram.
‘I’m thrilled to announce I’m turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I’m bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori.berinstein and the amazing creative team with me — Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award winner Bob Martin, Tony award nominee @sklarbar73 and Tony Award nominee @Chadbeg.
‘See it first at the Longacre Theatre. It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I’ve ever seen on Broadway.’