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Ryan Murphy adapting Broadway's 'The Prom' for Netflix

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Wade Sheridan
Producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy will be adapting Broadway musical The Prom into a film for Netflix. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy will be adapting Broadway musical "The Prom" into a film for Netflix. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

April 10 (UPI) -- Producer, director and writer Ryan Murphy announced on Instagram that he will be turning Broadway musical The Prom into a film for Netflix.

The Prom, which debuted at New York's Longacre in November after first premiering in Atlanta, follows a female teenager in Indiana who wants to bring her girlfriend to prom. A group protests the school after they are not allowed to attend the dance.

The musical is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel with a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin. Matthew Sklar composed the music with lyrics by Beguelin. Casey Nicholaw served as director and choreographer.

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Nicholaw, Martin, Sklar and Beguelin are joining Murphy for the film version along with producers Bill Damaschke and Dori Berinstein.

"The Prom is one 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 said on Tuesday alongside a logo for the musical.

"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," he said.

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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. 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. @theprommusical

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Murphy, known for his work on American Horror Story, Glee, Nip and Tuck and American Crime Story, signed a multi-year deal to produce new shows and films for Netflix in February 2018.

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