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THE PROM Directed by Ryan Murphy Starring: Nicole Kidman, Keagan-Michael Key, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, James I just want to go to The Prom, just like any other kid. - Alyssa.

A troupe of hilariously selfobsessed theatre stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a High School girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the Prom. Netflix, The Actors Fund, Broadway Cares and American Film Institute gave “The Prom” a virtual world premiere screening that looked a lot like the way millions of people will experience this very special film after it debuts on Netflix Dec 11 this festive season. With a group, “The Prom” is that kind of movie that will be watched by lots of chums and family members together, who won’t be able to resist hanging around afterward to laugh, cheer, talk about their favourite moments and celebrate its joyous spirit of inclusion and love delivered in a hugely entertaining film of Oscarworthy perfection. But the premiere screening group wasn’t just any gang. The webcam roundup included director Ryan Murphy and the his stars Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key,Andrew Rennells, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose, and Kevin Chamberlain in a serious discussion and hilarious laugh-athon moderated by Broadway journalist Frank DiLella. Lots of other “Prom” co-stars told amusing stories. Meryl Streep was downright naughty and hilariously self-effacing. On screen she portrays an outrageously ego-mad Broadway diva whose first musical number is titled “It’s All About Me!”I loved playing someone who, you know, walks in and thinks she owns the room, which, of course she doesn’t, she said. “But I love that kind of fun and everybody takes the piss out of her.” Nicole Kidman tattled on her terror over having to perform a Bob Fosse dance. “I thought I’m never going to be able to climb this mountain because everything is, you know, every little detail, every hand gesture, every finger that moves. But suddenly being educated in that (by a team of professional dancers) made me believe I could do it and it was just wonderful.” Kerry Washington wasn’t at all shy about dancing. In fact, she insisted upon it. Regardless of the fact that she wasn’t scripted to be included in the film’s big finale. “I wormed my way into the dance number at the end because I grew up in musical theatre and I love musicals.” 20

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