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How ‘The Prom’ got a new grand finale on its way from the stage to the big screen

A version of this story about “The Prom” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap Awards Magazine. When Ryan Murphy announced he was planning to make a film adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Prom,” the show’s songwriters Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin immediately tried to figure out which of the show’s many musical numbers would be left out of the film. We sat around trying to figure out, “Oh, the song won’t make it” or “It won’t make it,” Sklar said. “So we were stunned when Ryan said, ‘No, we put in every single song.'” Murphy didn’t just want to keep every existing song – some of them, they admit, temporary – he wanted Sklar and Beguelin to save a few add new songs, including a number that would serve as the grand finale and credits song. “Ryan said he wanted a solemn, happy pop anthem for the women in the cast,” Sklar said. “He wanted it to be a pop song, but with a theatrical flair, where you can sit in the feeling of joy you get for another three minutes at the end of (the Broadway finale)” It’s time to dance “.” Also read: Ryan Murphy on ‘The Prom’: ‘The world felt dark, I wanted to turn on some light’ The theater vets were used to this kind of job – “This is our life, writing songs that do this Fulfilling assignments, ”Beguelin said – but in this case they were also working with two of Murphy’s regular songwriters, Adam Anders and Peer Astrom. It was a very far-reaching collaboration: Anders was in Los Angeles, Astrom in Sweden, Sklar in New Jersey and Beguelin in the Hamptons outside of New York City. “Thank god for the technology,” Sklar said. “Adam and Peer started with an idea for the hook, produced a track, and presented it to Chad and me. And we took the verses and the bridge and just went back and forth as a team. We kept saying, “What about this?” until we really fine-tune it. “Pictured above: Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin For copywriter Beguelin, part of that fine-tuning was to change the title. “The other two writers wanted to call it ‘Turn It Out’ or something,” he said. “They said, ‘It’s a pop song, it’s good to have general statements.’ And I kept thinking: “OK, how should I say that?” Because one of the lyrics was “Wear your crown” and I said: “For me as a gay man, that’s your title: wear your crown, be proud.” Then the lyrics were a lot more about how no one can show their pride if you don’t let them. It’s an empowerment song, not just a song about partying. ”The song also features rap from none other than Meryl Streep “I just wrote the rap and thought, ‘Oh, this is fun, but it’s not going to happen,” Beguelin said. “But I sent it to them anyway and the email I got back was’ Great! ‘I said, “I was just kidding,” and they said, “No, it’s in.” And I think it was Ryan’s idea to let Meryl do the rap, which I think was a big surprise because now she can do anything. Read Also: ‘The Prom’ Review: Ryan Murphy Attends High School In The Midwest For A Musical Lesson In Tolerance Sklar and Beguelin have also written another new song for the film that will appear in the credits after Wear Your Crown . (The placement makes it ineligible for an Oscar examination.) “We had written a song for James Corden’s character (a fading Broadway star) to sing in the film,” Sklar said. “It was Ryan’s idea – he wanted a song that James Kerry would sing to Washington and basically say, ‘You’re going to lose your (gay) daughter if you don’t accept her.’ So we wrote this song called “Simply Love.” “But the second part of the movie had some pretty dramatic and heavy scenes and it felt like that was one hit too many. And when we thought about it, this COVID came in and picked us. But James recorded it and it sounds beautiful on it. “Read more from the Race Begins issue here. Photo: TheWrap Read the original story How ‘The Prom’ walked from stage to screen at TheWrap got a new grand finale

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