Ryan Murphy spent six months building Broadway set for ‘The Prom’
Director Ryan Murphy spent six months painstakingly recreating part of New York’s theater district in Los Angeles — because Big Apple officials wouldn’t let him shoot on Broadway.
The Hollywood power player said that for his new film adaptation of the musical “The Prom” — about two lesbian students who want to be able to attend their high school dance — he applied for permits to shut down eight blocks around Times Square for three nights.
“We were promptly denied,” he said during a charity preview of the Netflix film.
“We found a four-acre abandoned lot in downtown LA and we went to Broadway and we measured the curbs and the length of the curb to the street and how many bulbs are on the marquee,” Murphy explained. “We spent six months building Broadway.”
The movie stars James Corden, Nicole Kidman, and Meryl Streep taking over the role originated on stage by Beth Leavel. Leavel will coincidentally take over Streep’s role as Miranda Priestly in the upcoming “The Devil Wears Prada” musical.
Funds from the advanced screening went to Actor’s Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The movie starts streaming Dec. 11.
Source : Mara Siegler Link