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My daughter and I saw The Prom on Broadway a couple of months ago and thought it was one of the best shows ever. The music is great and the performers are fabulous. I recommend the recording to all musical fans. If you have the opportunity, GO SEE THE SHOW!
“The Prom” opened in the Fall on Broadway. Though I have not seen it, I certainly am aware that it had good reviews, including its score, and box success. Still, I was not expecting that I would thoroughly enjoy the score as much as I liked this one. The composing team of Sklar and Beguilen had modest success with “Wedding Singer” and “Elf”, whose CD’s (and “Elf” on stage) did not particular excite me. One sure winner for a score is to start with a song, “Changing Lives”, about the joy of musicals, delivered by the cast of a musical and reprised when it failure sends them off to do good and help a lesbian couple have a prom. Later the school principal adds another one, “We Look to You”, in interacting with the Broadway cast. Overall the singing is excellent, particularly the two young females who are the lesbian couple. The songs are alternately tuneful, joyful, and poignant. The story line follows a happiness arc similar to the popular “Kinky Boots” musical. The CD carries the story line beautifully through the content of the songs. Anyone who enjoys musicals should have the CD or enjoy the music through their streaming service or downloads.
Great cast makes most of good hearted show aimed at raising the consciousness of bigots (but offensive in pandering to them along the way in the first 20 minutes right wing depiction of "liberal" actors). Only two really good songs (one for one of the core girls and one for the wonderful Christopher Siebert) but terrific choreography (not on album). CD put in oversized padded envelope which did not protect it and it arrived with cover broken. Still, cover art a step up from the poster/marquee used at theatre (blessedly more subtle). 'Glad to have it, and if you haven't seen the show it does give a good idea of the experience, but it won't get a *lot* of time on my CD player.
Dang this is dreck. Part of it is songs that are ostensibly deliberately bad and the rest is more songs that are bad accidentally. I haven’t seen the show or even know much about it, but I’m a theatre nerd, cast album collector, and LGBTQ Ally, so I wanted to have it and it never occurred to me that something this awful could get to Broadway. Yikes.
What a lovely, bouncy score (it reminds me of the score of BABY in this regard): cute, clever lyrics and terrific voices to put it all across. At last year's TONY awards, it was this show's number that seemed the best of all of them. And sure enough, the album is, too.
I just bought this CD on the recommendations of other reviewers to add to my collection. The plot is relevant to our times – rights of individuals to be different. The songs and singers both seemed to me to keep improving as the show progressed. Perhaps this is a clever ploy on the part of the writer (s) that they are achieving what was their objective. Anyway, I really enjoyed the whole show. The singers were great.