Break out your tuxedos and corsages, members of The Prom‘s cast and creative team made BroadwayCon wanna dance. We learned about their trials, happinesses and pride on the making of this brand new original musical.
Dave Quinn from writer/reporter for PEOPLE Magazine and a huge Prom fan boy moderated.
Brooks Ashmanskas starred on Broadway in The Prom; Sunday in the Park With George; Shuffle Along…; Something Rotten!; Bullets Over Broadway; Promises, Promises; Present Laughter; The Ritz; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Tony, Drama Desk noms.); The Producers; Gypsy; Little Me; Dream; How to Succeed…. Off-Broadway: Wise Guys, On a Clear Day…, Clive, LaborDay, Songs for a New World, It Changes Every Year, Fit to Be Tied. Regional: Ford’s,Mark Taper, A.C.T., Huntington, Williamstown, Old Globe, McCarter, Two River, Kennedy Center, Hartford, etc. Tours: Cinderella, Noises Off. Film: Julie and Julia. Television: “Tales of the City,” “Love You More,” “The Miraculous Year,” “The Good Wife,” “All My Children.” BA from Bennington College.
Beth Level originated this role of Dee Dee Allen in the world premiere of The Prom at the Alliance Theatre. This is Beth’s 13th Broadway show. Together with Brooks made BroadwayCon laugh. Beth won a Tony, Drama Desk, OCC, L.A. Drama Critics award winner for her performance as the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway credits include The Prom, Baby It’s You! (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC award nominations), Bandstand, Elf, Mamma Mia!, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, The Civil War, Show Boat. Beth originated this role of Dee Dee Allen in the world premiere of The Prom at the Alliance Theatre. This is Beth’s 13th Broadway show. Numerous television, commercials and Off-Broadway. MFA UNC-G.
Brooks and Beth’s co-horts are Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer. Christopher started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at age 7 in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade of 1976 seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. On Broadway The Prom, Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League,Outer Critics noms) Monty Python’s Spamalot (Tony Nom and West End Production) Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love. Television: “Law and Order SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “The Good Fight,” “Elementary,” “Ed,” “Sex and the City,” “Pushing Daisies,” “It’s All Relative,” “Two of a Kind,” and lots of daytime TV such as “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” where his many recurring characters never went anywhere….
Angie’s credits include The Prom (Angie), The Producers (Ulla), Something Rotten!, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Young Frankenstein, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, The Will Rogers Follies. Recent regional: Always a Bridesmaid (Monette), Mamma Mia! (Tanya), Disaster! (Jackie). TV: “Law & Order: CSI,” “Queer Eye,” “As the World Turns,” “Kennedy Center Honors,” “Smash.” Film: The Producers.
The girl at the center of it all is Caitlin Kinnunen who’s credits include: The Prom (Emma), The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn), Spring Awakening (Thea). 1st national tour: Next to Normal (Natalie US). Regional theatre: Alliance Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Weston Playhouse, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Film/TV credits include “The Intern,” “Sweet Little Lies,” “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Younger,” “American Vandal,” “The Knick,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
Her girlfriend is played by Isabelle McCalla. Credits include Broadway/1st national tour: Alyssa in The Prom; Jasmine in Aladdin. Regional: Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, TUTS, Actors Playhouse, the Munyand PCLO. Television: “Bull” (CBS). BFA University of Michigan.
Also on the panel were cast-mates Josh Lamon, Courtenay Collins and Michael Potts, director/ choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Bob Martin (book) and Matthew Sklar (composer).
The panel also talked about The Prom – originalBroadway Cast recordingfrom Sony Masterworks Broadway. The album is also .
The Prom which is about so much more than just a dance had BroadwayCon approval.