Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Review Highlights: THE PROM - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Donovan Reza and Mia Hurley
Photo by Tiffany Elyse Photography

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through September 24

"...with a knock-out cast and excellent direction, Spotlight Youth Theatre's production an absolute winner....The Prom is based on the real-life 2010 event in which Constance McMillen's prom was cancelled when her principal said she couldn't bring her girlfriend as her date. The musical is set in a small town in Indiana and focuses on Emma, who suffers a similar fate when her high school's PTA cancels the prom once it becomes known that Emma is planning on bringing a female date. A group of Broadway performers find themselves on a mission to find a social cause they can latch on to as a way to redeem their careers and get them good press...they descend upon Emma's town in an attempt to help her cause by serving as "celebrity activists" with a mission to force the school to host an inclusive prom....The Spotlight cast, under Kenny Grossman's warm yet comical direction, deliver wonderful performances. Emma is the show's driving central force and Mia Hurley is simply wonderful in the part. ...As Dee Dee and Barry, Chris Brown and Donovan Reza make a fun comical pair of lifelong friends... Reza's joyful, unapologetic, and natural performance is one that will stick with you.... a charming, witty, and very moving feel-good musical about tolerance and acceptance. It's also hilarious, and Spotlight Youth Theatre's production is simply wonderful."  - Gil Benbrook, TalkinBroadway.com (click here to read the complete review)

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