They say there are five stages of grief, but Keegan-Michael Key went through five stages of jubilation when he found out he’d landed the part of high school principal Tom Hawkins in the Netflix adaptation of The Prom, streaming on Netflix December 11. The reason for his ecstasy? Well, you might feel similarly if you got to be a love interest to a three-time Oscar winner. Check out the interview above.
Joining Key on camera is Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), who plays Trent Oliver, a Julliard grad with plenty of theatre knowledge—but lacking in credits. While the pair talk respectively of each other’s big songs, "Love Thy Neighbor" and "We Look to You," Rannells also shares a personal connection to his character, including which TV show he wishes he starred in and the musical theatre references he loves to use while out and about.
Directed by Ryan Murphy and based on the musical from Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar, The Prom follows a group of out-of-work Broadway performers who come to a small Indiana town to help a girl who's barred from bringing her girlfriend to the high school dance.
Rounding out the cast are the aformentioned Oscar winner Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen, James Corden as Barry Glickman, Nicole Kidman as Angie Dickinson, Ariana DeBose as Alyssa Greene, Kerry Washington as Mrs. Greene, Kevin Chamberlin as Sheldon Saperstein, Tracey Ullman as Vera, and Mary Kay Place as Grandma Bea.