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It’s a story you’ve heard before—one that’s made headlines for discrimination and violation of a person’s rights: The prom is canceled because a female student wanted to take her girlfriend.

The Tony Award-winning Fun Home is paving the way—but rather than a high-stakes drama like the one by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, The Prom is told through teenage eyes with a pop-kissed score.

(The ladies describe it as Hairspray-meets-Legally Blonde, with something for everyone.) And it’s hitting home with young adults.

Tony-winning producer Jack Viertel, who enlisted The Wedding Singer’s Chad Beguelin (book and lyrics) and Matthew Sklar (music) and The Drowsy Chaperone’s Bob Martin (book) to write the new musical The Prom, which recently opened at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and is aiming for a life on Broadway.“It’s loosely based on a lot of [those kind of stories], actually,” explains Caitlin Kinnunen, who plays Emma, the teen who’s dating a closeted cheerleader—and plans to finally go public with their relationship at the school’s big night.

Who’d think such events were a perfect match to be musicalized onstage?

After a performance, Barlow says, “there was a girl who came up to me and said, ‘My girlfriend’s name is Emma, and I’ve been in the closet at a Christian school for three years, and I came out and my mom was cool with it, and this was just amazing.

I’m obsessed with this show.’ It’s amazing that somebody could relate to it so closely.” Unlike the real events that happened in Mississippi, The Prom pulls from multiple stories of same-sex discrimination in high schools—and then spices it up with a slew of Broadway performers, splashy choreography (by director Casey Nicholaw), swanky costumes (by Matthew Pachtman) and a plot twist direct from New York City.

When the prom gets canceled, “these veteran Broadway performers decide that they want to do something better with their lives and make a difference in the world,” explains Kinnunen.