Broadway’s new musical comedy The Prom features one of the most joyous 11 o’clock numbers in musical theatre history — and PEOPLE has the exclusive premiere of its music video!
The show — which gave the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade its first televised same-sex kiss ever back in November — tells the story of four out of work actors who travel from the Big Apple to small town Indiana, where a high school PTA is trying to stop a lesbian student from bringing her girlfriend to prom.
As they help her, each of the four characters get their own moment of change. And for Barry Glickman, played by funnyman Brooks Ashmanskas, that comes during the tune “Barry’s Going to Prom.”
Written by composer Matthew Skylar and lyricist Chad Beguelin, the song has Barry finally working through some of the childhood pains he’s held on to from his past. All is inspired by his invitation to attend the prom, something he skipped in high school.
“It’s a wonderful song to sing,” Ashmanskas tells PEOPLE. “Like all great songs, it achieves many different things at once; joy, regret, elation, sadness, hilarity. Matt Sklar and Chad Beguelin have created an infectious tune with terrific lyrics that is an honor to perform.”
The music video captures Ashmanskas and the orchestra recording the tune for The Prom‘s original Broadway cast recording, out now. Footage from the show is also included.
In addition to his number, the cast recording features 15 other new tracks from its cast — led by Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins, and Josh Lamon.
The Prom, directed by directed and choreographed Casey Nicholaw with a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin, is now playing at New York City’s Longacre Theatre.
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