Written by the team behind ELF THE MUSICAL, THE PROM brings a timely message of love and acceptance to PTC audiences—just in time for prom season
[SALT LAKE CITY, UT APRIL 17, 2023] — Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC), Utah’s premier professional theatre, presents the Utah Premiere of The Prom—the 7-time Tony-nominated musical from the team behind another PTC favorite: ELF The Musical. Having opened on Broadway in 2018, The Prom features music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin, and is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel. The production is directed and choreographed by PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and runs from May 12 through 27, 2023. The Prom is described as follows:
Four fading Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world.
“The Prom, with its feel-good message of love and acceptance, is exactly what our world needs right now,” said Director/Choreographer Karen Azenberg. “PTC couldn’t exist without the LGBTQIA+ community and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring such a celebration of diversity—not to mention a great musical—to Utah for the very first time, as Salt Lake City wasn’t among the stops on the national tour. It will be a celebration for one and all.”
CAST & CREATIVE
Returning to PTC are Anne Tolpegin* (Mrs. Lovett in PTC’s Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables on Broadway) as Dee Dee Allen, and Ensemble members Lucy Anders* (Something Rotten! First National Tour), Kyle Caress* (Disney’s Aladdin National Tour), Howard Kaye* (Broadway’s Miss Saigon), Micki Martinez* (PTC’s Something Rotten!), and JP Qualters* (Kinky Boots First National Tour). Lenny Daniel* (PTC’s A Christmas Story, The Musical, Cats on Broadway) returns as Associate Director/Ensemble member.
Also returning are Jordan Cruz (PTC’s ELF The Musical), Evan Latta (PTC’s Hello, Dolly!), and Fynn White (PTC’s Hello, Dolly!).
Making their PTC debuts are Josh Adamson* (General Hospital) as Trent Oliver, Bernard Dotson* (Ragtime, Original Broadway Cast) as Mr. Hawkins, Mia Cherise Hall* (Alter Ego on Fox) as Alyssa Greene, Celeste Rose* (We Are the Tigers, Off Broadway) as Emma Nolan, Wendy Waring* (Ulla in Broadway’s The Producers) as Angie Dickinson, Utah resident Erin Wilson* (Wicked on Broadway/Tour) as Mrs. Greene, and Branch Woodman* (Broadway’s The Music Man with Hugh Jackman) as Barry Glickman.
Also making their respective PTC debuts are Ensemble members Chelsea P. Freeman, Michael Hartman, Olivia Hellin, Jalen Michael Jones, Resa Mishina, Kennedy Perez, Lila Prince, Brynoch Rammell, Hannah Staudinger, and Weston Wright.
Joining Azenberg on the creative team are PTC alumni Musical Director/Conductor Phil Reno (Musical Director for Something Rotten!, ELF the Musical, and The Producers on Broadway), Scenic Designer Jo Winiarski (A Distinct Society), Lighting Designer David Neville (Chess), Sound Designer Aaron Hubbard (Putting It Together), PTC Resident Hair & Wig Designer Samantha M. Wootten, previously mentioned Associate Director Lenny Daniel*, Associate Musical Director Cullen Curth (Putting It Together), and Production Stage Manager Pamela Brusoski* (Stage Manager for over 40 productions at NYC’s Irish Rep). Costumes are designed by Patrick Holt (PTC’s Something Rotten!), who is also known as Tempest DuJour, a featured contestant on season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The Prom runs from May 12 through 27 at the Simmons Memorial Pioneer Theatre. Tickets are available at PioneerTheatre.org or by calling PTC’s Box Office at 801-581-6961.
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INTERVIEWS: Members of the cast and creative team can be made available for Interviews. Please contact Joshua Black to arrange.
Book and Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Based on an original concept by Jack Viertel
Directed & Choreographed by Karen Azenberg
“THE PROM” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.TheatricalRights.com
May 12 – 27, 2023
Monday – Thursday, 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 PM
Saturday, 2:00 PM
Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC) is located in the Simmons Memorial Pioneer Theatre, 300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City
$48 – $72 in advance; $5 more when purchased on day of show
Students K – 12 or Ages 5-18 are half-price Monday – Thursday
Box Office: 801-581-6961
Open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday
PTC Show Listing: The Prom
Trent Oliver: Josh Adamson*
Mr. Hawkins: Bernard Dodson*
Alyssa Greene: Mia Cherise Hall*
Emma Nolan: Celeste Rose*
Dee Dee Allen: Anne Tolpegin*
Angie Dickinson: Wendy Waring*
Mrs. Greene: Erin Wilson*
Barry Glickman: Branch Woodman*
Ensemble: Lucy Anders*, Kyle Caress*, Jordan Cruz, Lenny Daniel*, Chelsea P. Freeman, Michael Hartman, Olivia Hellin, Jalen Michael Jones, Howard Kaye*, Evan Latta, Micki Martinez, Resa Mishina, Kennedy Perez, Lila Prince, JP Qualters*, Brynoch Rammell, Hannah Staudinger, Fynn White, Weston Wright
Director/Choreographer: Karen Azenberg
Musical Director/Conductor: Phil Reno
Scenic Designer: Jo Winiarski
Costume Designer: Patrick Holt
Lighting Designer: David Neville
Sound Designer: Aaron Hubbard
Wig & Hair Designer: Samantha M. Wootten
Associate Director: Lenny Daniel*
Associate Musical Director: Cullen Curth
Production Stage Manager: Pamela Brusoski*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
ABOUT PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY (PTC)
Now celebrating its 61st season, the award-winning PTC is Utah’s premiere professional theatre company and leading arts organization of the West. Led by Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and Interim Managing Director Diane L. Parisi, PTC presents world-class productions that celebrate diversity in culture and society and serve as the connecting bridge between art and scholarship as an affiliate of the University of Utah. For more information, visit PioneerTheatre.org.