Ryan Murphy is set to turn the popular Broadway hit The Prom into a film for Netflix.
The acclaimed musical tells the story of a teenage same-sex couple who wish to attend their school prom together, but are met with resistance from their homophobic teachers. It premiered on Broadway in October 2018.
Murphy – who’s best known for creating and producing shows such as American Horror Story, Glee, Pose, American Crime Story and Feud – made the announcement during a charity performance for the show on Tuesday.
Celebrity attendees such as Gus Kenworthy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Peppermint, Jonathan Van Ness and Glenn Close cheered on Murphy, as he revealed that the story resonated with him because he was also banned from bringing a boy to his prom.
“I wish this show was around when I was a kid,” he said. “I protested by wearing six-inch yellow platform boots. 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 later wrote on Instagram: “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. I feel a special connection to it because it’s set in Indiana, and that’s where I grew up, too.
“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.”
Earlier this year, Murphy also revealed that he’s bringing his new show The Politician to the streaming service in September.
It will star Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, “a wealthy student from California who knows he’s going to be President one day, but first he has to navigate the treacherous political waters of his high school to become student body president”.
The series will also star Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange (!), Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.