When you see the name Ryan Murphy and the word musical in close proximity to each other, you immediately think Glee. Luckily The Prom offers more than just that, but mostly in the first hour. After that things get a lot mushier and a bit tougher to digest, but at least it was a lot better than I expected.
Emma is a gay teen living in Louisiana. Because she outed herself, her entire school's prom is scrapped. A bunch of disgruntled Broadway artists see Emma's story on Twitter and decide it would be good press to support her in her quest to reinstate the prom. When they get there though they only make things worse for Emma.
There's quite a bit of comedy here, which is nice when it is directed at the fake/glam side of Broadway. The whole gay/acceptance plot is terribly mushy though and seeing it play out throughout the entire second hour is a bit much. Like most musicals, a shorter runtime would've made it a lot easier to stomach.