The new original Broadway musical. The prom He made history on Thursday, giving the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade his first televised same-sex kiss, although some conservative groups were not very happy about that.
During the first hour of NBC broadcast of the annual event, the cast of The prom They took center stage to perform their exciting finale, "Time to Dance," which sees the leading actresses Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla sharing a slap during their student's fictional night at her high school prom.
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It's a time of celebration on the show for the girls, considering that the plot centers a group of unemployed theater actors who rush to help the Indiana lesbian couple after the PTA threatens to cancel the dance if they attend . And the kiss of the parade had spectators throughout the country, and the cast, cheering as well.
"The first #LGBTQ kiss in the history of the parade, here at @ThePromMusical we have never been so proud," wrote cast member Josh Lamon. "#Love is love."
"Even ten years ago, that would not have happened," he wrote in a fan. "In spite of everything terrible in the world, that progress can happen and it gives me hope that love can still win."
Of course, not everyone was happy with what they saw.
"It's sad that I had to change the #macysthanksgivingdayparade channel because my 5-year-old son asks me why the girl is wearing a tie and is holding the other girl's hand during the number & # 39; The Prom & # 39;" , wrote an annoyed spectator. .
"#Macysthanksgivingdayparade just had 2 girls kissing. I could have had a warning so parents could be aware! Bad choice #NBC, "said another – adding later,"It does not bother me Just let me choose the time and place to have WHAT convo. "
It was added to the conservative group For America, "Millions of young children only saw two girls kissing and their innocence was broken this morning. @nbc and @Macys simply surprised parents who expected this to be a family program, so they could push their agenda to young children. #macysthanksgivingdayfor #MacysDayParade. "
Macy's representatives seemed to stand firm in their support of the innovative moment.
"At Macy's, we are guided by our corporate values of Acceptance, Respect, Integrity and Return," said a representative of the retail titan. Weekly entertainment. "We hope that the audience will find the 92nd Annual Parade entertaining with its traditional mix of distinctive balloons, fantastic floats and performances by the best music bands and musical acts in the nation, and we look forward to next year."
"We like to be able to make the best of Broadway, but we also like to show viewers what they want to see," said Susan Tercero, executive producer of the show. EW – adding the selection process for which the theatrical performances to be highlighted in the parade "come from what is really happening on Broadway".
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Meanwhile, the producers of The prom – directed by Casey Nicholaw and includes music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and a book by Beguelin and Bob Martin; They were proud to have helped make history.
"Breadthways The prom "We thank Macy & # 39; s and NBC for their acceptance and inclusion of a community and a story about acceptance, tolerance and love," the producers of the musical Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein and Jack Lane told EW. joint declaration. "These are some of the themes reflected in our musical comedy and we are very proud to be the first LGBTQ kiss on the Thanksgiving Day Parade."
Thursday's kiss was not the first time NBC made history with a slap of the same sex. In the year 2000, the comedy that must be seen on Peacock television. Will & Grace The first men appeared in kissing in a program with a script.
The prom He is currently performing at the Longacre Theater in New York City.