The Prom: Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman’s new Netflix musical is coming in time for Christmas

Posted by
Hollie Richardson
backgroundLayer 1
Add this article to your list of favourites
Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep plays a washed-up Broadway star who decides to champion LGBTQ+ rights in Netflix’s highly-anticipated musical The Prom. Here’s everything we know so far, including the mega cast, plot and release date. 

When Meryl Streep signs up for a film, you know it’s time to get excited. Her bloodcurdling scream in the last year’s Big Little Lies was enough to remind us of the reasons behind her iconic status in the industry. But when Nicole Kidman (who of course co-stars alongside Streep in BLL)  is confirmed for the same project, it’s enough to cause hysteria.

That’s is why our interest well and truly piqued when we heard the news that Streep and Kidman have joined the cast for Netflix’s new musical: The Prom. And they’re not the only big names causing a stir around the film. Kerry Washington and James Corden are just a few other stars working on The Prom, too. 

You may also like

23 musicals to watch online in the UK, including Hamilton and A Star Is Born

What is Netflix’s The Prom about? 

The adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical will be helmed by Ryan Murphy (Pose, Hollywood, Glee, Feud).

Dee Dee Allen (Streep) plays a Tony award winner who teams up with Barry Glickman (Corden) to work on a flop musical about Eleanor Roosevelt. 

After terrible reviews, the pair decide to champion a cause to resurrect their careers, with the help of fellow Broadway stars Angie Dickson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells). 

They find Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman ), a high school senior who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom because of homophobic school policies in her hometown, and decide to help her. 

Keegan-Michael Key is Streep’s love interest, Principal Hawkins; and Washington stars as Alyssia’s mother, Mrs. Greene. 

Kerry Washington
The Prom: Kerry Washington stars in the impressive cast.

When is Netflix’s The Prom released?

The Prom was due to hit Netflix in autumn 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic put a pause on things. However, Murphy has just announced a released date – and it’s just in time for Christmas. 

Sharing a first-look photo of the movie’s artwork on Instagram, the director captioned it: “On 11 DECEMBER, let Netflix take you to THE PROM you didn’t get this year.”

We only have a couple of months to wait. Given that Christmas probably isn’t going to be quite the same this year, we have a feeling that a musical starring Streep is just to thing to brighten up the festivities. 

Sign up for the latest news and must-read features from Stylist, so you don't miss out on the conversation.

By entering my email I agree to Stylist’s Privacy Policy

Images: Getty


Share this article


Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

Recommended by Hollie Richardson


Meryl Streep has an insane Barack and Michelle Obama handbag

And you really need to see it

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray

Ariana Grande brilliantly defends Little Mix from Piers Morgan’s “slut-shaming”

If only we all had an Ariana in our corner whenever someone tried to put us down.

Posted by
Hannah-Rose Yee

Nicole Kidman has a message for everyone with curly hair

Nicole: she's just like us

Posted by
Sarah Biddlecombe

Kerry Washington explains why she didn’t just boycott the Golden Globes

Many suggested that the Scandal star should have stayed at home – and she wasn’t having any of it

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray

Nicole Kidman joins forces with Amazon Studios for “sexy date night” project

The Big Little Lies' actress wants more films like Cruel Intentions

Posted by
Sarah Shaffi