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Ariana DeBose Joins 'The Prom' Movie, Takes Over for Ariana Grande

Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose has joined the cast of the upcoming movie musical The Prom as Alyssa, the role that was originally offered to pop star Ariana Grande, according to Deadline.

Grande was originally expected to star in the movie when the initial announcement of the film was made, but she had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.

DeBose joins a star-studded cast that included Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Awkwafina, Kerry Washington, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Ryan Murphy is directing the film for Netflix. The musical is based on the Tony-nominated Broadway show, which closed this summer.

DeBose just finished filming the upcoming West Side Story movie remake with Steven Spielberg and she earned a Tony nomination for her work in the musical Summer.

Kerry Washington Joins Netflix Movie Musical 'The Prom'

Kerry Washington has reportedly joined the star-studded cast of the upcoming movie musical The Prom, which will be released by Netflix.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress is joining a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, and Awkwafina.

Ariana Grande was rumored to have been cast in the movie, though some reports have said she had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts with her tour.

There’s no word yet on who Kerry will be playing in the movie. Deadline first reported the news.

The Prom is based on the Broadway musical of the same name. Here is the synopsis: “After career-ending reviews, Dee Dee Allen (Streep) and Barry Glickman (Corden) decide — along with Broadway babies Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Rannells) — to champion a cause to rehabilitate their careers. They find one in Emma, a high school senior in Indiana who isn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to the prom.”

Ryan Murphy is directing the movie!

Sarah Michelle Gellar Raves About Broadway's 'The Prom'

Sarah Michelle Gellar is currently doing a Broadway marathon in New York City and she’s raving about one of the shows she saw.

The 42-year-old actress first saw Beetlejuice and then saw The Prom, which she said wasn’t one of her top choices.

“So, full disclosure, @theprommusical wasn’t necessarily on my list to see. My daughter saw the performance on the @thetonyawards and was adamant we see it,” SMG wrote on Instagram.

She added, “Boy am I glad, because I was blown away. It’s truly an important show. Thank you, truly, to the cast of the Prom. I cried hard, but I also laughed hard. And my daughter walked away understanding that she has a voice, capable of making great change. Acceptance, selflessness, compassion, all themes we can always use more of. And on top of all that, the song ‘we look to you’ perfectly encompasses every reason I love Broadway. Please see this show.”

The Prom closes on Broadway on August 11, so make sure to go see it now. The musical is also being turned into a movie for Netflix with a star-studded cast.

'The Prom' Netflix Movie Musical Will Star Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, & More!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, it appears as if Ariana will not star in this movie after all.

Ryan Murphy is bringing Broadway’s The Prom to Netflix in the form of a movie musical, and the all-star cast was just revealed!

The cast includes Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande, with Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells, Deadline reports.

The movie will hit theaters in the fall of 2020 for a planned awards season run. The movie will then stream on Netflix.

Meryl will star as Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner, while Ariana will play the daughter of the head of the PTA. Stay tuned as more casting will be announced soon, including the leading role of Emma.

The Prom‘s official Broadway synopsis is: A new musical comedy about big Broadway stars, a small town, and a love that unites them all.

Broadway's 'The Prom' Stars Perform Inspiring Number at Tony Awards 2019! (Video)

Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen hold hands during their inspiring performance at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The stars of The Prom showed how Broadway can be diverse and inclusive during their performance, which ended in a kiss between two women.

Caitlin and Brooks Ashmanskas, both nominated for their work in the musical, kicked things off with a performance of “Tonight Belongs to You.” The full cast then joined in for “It’s Time to Dance.”

Also featured in the performance were Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Angie Schworer, and more!

The Prom is currently playing at the Longacre Theater on Broadway. Go see it!

See more photos of The Prom cast performing at the Tonys in the gallery… More Here! »

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Glenn Close, Dianna Agron & More Celebrate Broadway's 'The Prom' at Ryan Murphy's Benefit Performance!

Glenn Close is all smiles as she hits the carpet at Broadway’s The Prom special benefit performance hosted by Ryan Murphy on Tuesday (April 9) at the Longacre Theatre in New York City.

The Golden Globe winner was joined by Glee‘s Dianna Agron and Matthew Morrison with wife Renee Puente, Olympian Gus Kenworthy, Andrew Rannells and Project Runway mentor Christian Siriano at the performance benefiting Hetrick Martin, GLAAD, and The Trevor Project.

Also in attendance were Pose stars Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, MJ Rodriguez, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross and producer Janet Mock, Riverdale‘s Casey Cott, The Boys In The Band‘s Robin De Jesus and Michael Benjamin Washington, The Politician‘s Laura Dreyfuss and David Corenswet, Jane Krakowski and Annaleigh Ashford.

It was recently announced that Ryan will be turning the Broadway musical into a new movie event for Netflix.

FYI: Ryan is wearing a Burberry trench coat. Dianna is carrying a Gucci bag. Janet is wearing an Adeam dress.

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