The cast of Broadway musical “The Prom” made history as they put on an epic performance during Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The actors and actresses belted out the track “It’s Time To Dance”, before two of the lead characters, played by Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla, kissed at the end of the song.
According to the musical’s producers, this is the first LGBTQ kiss in the parade’s history.
Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein, and Jack Lane told Entertainment Weekly in a joint statement: “Broadway’s ‘The Prom’ is grateful to Macy’s and NBC for their acceptance and inclusivity of a community and a story that is about acceptance, tolerance and love.”
“These are some of the themes reflected in our musical comedy and we are very proud to be the very first LGBTQ kiss on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
Cast member Josh Lamon added on Twitter: “The first #LGBTQ kiss in the Parade’s history. We here at @ThePromMusical have never been so proud. #LoveIsLove.”
“The Prom” musical tells the tale of high school student Emma (Kinnunen) who wants to take her girlfriend Alyssa (McCalla) to prom, however, living in Indiana, this is deemed unacceptable. The pair end up getting the support of their fellow theatre stars, who help Emma out.
Macy’s executive producer, Susan Tercero, told EW of the show: “We like to be able to debut the best of Broadway, but we also like to show those viewers what they want to see.”
Adding, “They typically like to see a show that they know and love like ‘My Fair Lady’. But then you have shows that are really relevant that are new to Broadway, like ‘Mean Girls’. Then you have ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’, which everyone will recognize every single song from that show, and it will be a celebration of Donna Summer herself.”