The Promenade: Kerry Washington and Ariana DeBose on filming the grand finale

And what it means to be part of something so inclusive.


If you're looking for something fun and uplifting to take your mind off the horrific 2020 year, I recommend checking out Ryan Murphy's star-studded adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Prom. Written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, The prom is about a unlucky group of Broadway stars who gather behind a teen who just wants to go to prom with their friend in a small Indiana town. Loaded with catchy songs, an all-star cast (Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and Jo Ellen Pellman), and extremely well-crafted musical numbers, The Prom was just that what i needed this year.

Shortly after watching The Prom, I spoke to co-stars Kerry Washington and Ariana DeBose. They all talked about what it was like to film the grand finale with the entire cast and hundreds of extras, why they were impressed by Meryl Streep's performance, Ryan Murphy's desire to be shot both on and off camera, her favorite songs and such were more.

Check out what they had to say below and further down the page you will find the official round-up and exactly what we were talking about. The prom is now streamed on Netflix.

Kerry Washington and Ariana DeBose:

  • Is it nice not to have to worry about how much the film is making on the opening weekend?

  • How Ryan Murphy pushes for inclusion both in front of and behind the camera.

  • Do you have a favorite song?

  • Washington raves about Meryl Streep's performance in the film.

  • What was it like to film the grand finale?

Here is The Prom's official recap:

Dee Dee Allen (three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony winner James Corden) are New York stage stars with a crisis in their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a big flop that suddenly flattened their career . In the small town of Indiana, the schoolgirl Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) experiences a completely different heartbreak: Despite the support of the school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry) Washington), she has forbidden her friend Alyssa ( Ariana DeBose) to attend the prom. When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma's predicament is the perfect reason to revive her public pictures, they set off with Angie (Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors who looking for a professional lift. But when their selfish celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives excited as they gather to give Emma a night out to really celebrate who she is.


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