Pop Goes The News — A stage musical about an Ontario teen’s fight to bring his boyfriend to prom will premiere in October at Montreal’s Segal Centre for Performing Arts.
Prom Queen: The Musical will be part of the Segal Centre’s 2016-17 season line-up which is set to be unveiled on March 29 (UPDATE: Date has changed to April 27).
The show tells the story of how Marc Hall was thrust into the spotlight in 2002 when the principal of his Catholic high school barred him from bringing then-boyfriend Jean-Paul Dumond to prom.
Hall launched a legal challenge and became a media celebrity. A judge issued a last-minute injunction, forcing the Oshawa school to allow Hall to attend the prom with the date of his choice.
Hall and Dumond split shortly after the prom and Hall dropped the legal challenge against the Durham Catholic District School Board in 2005.
His story was first told in a 2004 TV movie, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story, starring Aaron Ashmore as Hall and Dave Foley as the principal.
The stage musical was put into development in 2013 at Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project after Mary Young Leckie — one of the producers of the TV movie — pitched the idea to Sheridan’s Michael Rubinoff.
Prom Queen: The Musical was workshopped in November 2014 at the Betty Oliphant theatre in Toronto with Hall (and Ashmore) in attendance and with Gavin Bowerman in the lead role.
A full-length workshop of the musical was staged last October at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ont. with Nathan Carroll as Hall.
The show featured 15 numbers with titles like “The Louder We Get,” “Wynn,” and “Only a Boy.”
Last week, the creative team of Marcia Kash (director), Colleen Dauncey (music composer), Akiva Romer-Segal (lyricist) and Kent Staines (book writer) started fine-tuning the production at the Segal Centre.
Hall declined to comment until after the official announcement of the Oct. 27 debut.
Now 31, he works at the University of Calgary. After high school, Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science degree in cognitive neuroscience from University College London.