As the film version arrives on Netflix, we took a listen to the cast recording….
Vibrant, heartfelt and simply joyful are just three ways that you could describe this soundtrack to the new film adaptation of The Prom.
Conveying the sense of theatricality of the stage show through numbers such as ‘Tonight Belongs to You’ and ‘Zazz’, Matthew Sklar’s music and Chad Beguelin’s lyrics are of consistent high quality that really capture the listeners attention.
In particular, when threads of the story come through the lyrics – such as heard in the song ‘Alyssa Greene’, you really get a sense of the character’s inner turmoil about coming out to her mother, while the sweetly tender ‘Dance With You’ captures the simple but heartfelt nature of the story. Both of these songs make for lovely contrast to the vibrancy of other songs, reminding us of the message at the heart of the story.
Elsewhere, the way in which the use of song to highlight the prejudice from the residents of a town in Indiana and attempt to break through it is very cleverly done – thanks to ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ which with its gospel style really soars and is a highlight track. Another important song is ‘Simply Love’ really gets to the heart of how the fact that at the end of the day love is love and we can’t help who we fall for and should not be judged on that.
Throughout it all, there are some really lovely performances from the cast – offering heaps of personality and well rounded characters to give real insight even if you haven’t watched the film yet. In particular, Jo Ellen Pellman offers some really beautiful vocals on ‘Just Breathe’ performed with great sensitivity, while she is well matched with Ariana DeBose who captures her character’s sense of confusion and isolation perfectly on ‘Alyssa Greene’. Meanwhile, Andrew Rannells also stands out performance wise thanks to his vocals on ‘The Acceptance Song’ and ‘Love Thy Neighbour’.
This is an immensely enjoyable and spirited soundtrack that really conveys the story – even if you have never seen the musical on stage or haven’t got around to watching the Netflix film yet.
By Emma Clarendon
The Prom Netflix Cast Recording is available to download now and available to buy on CD from the 18th December.