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How ‘The Prom’ Re-Created New York’s Broadway Theater District in Downtown LA

How ‘The Prom’ Re-Created New York’s Broadway Theater District in Downtown LA

Much of Ryan Murphy’s star-studded “The Prom” is set in Indiana, around the high school that is the location of the film’s title event. But the first 13 minutes of the movie take place on a block of the Broadway theater district in New York. That’s where Meryl Streep and James Corden are introduced, having flopped in a musical of the Eleanor Roosevelt story. They seek refuge at the famed Sardi’s restaurant across the street, teaming up with Andrew Rannells’s bartender and Nicole Kidman’s showgirl, and setting the plot in motion.

During the first two musical numbers in the film (now streaming on Netflix), that stretch of 44th Street is dazzlingly bright and alive. True to form, the location itself lent a bit of theatrical flair to the proceedings. After the production was denied permits to shoot on the actual spot in New York City,

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