Saturday, June 19, 2021

‘The Prom’ Star Talks LGBTQ Representation on “BUILD Brunch”

 Brittany Jones-Cooper, Shannon Coffey, Isabelle McCalla, Ali Kolbert, and Lukas Thimm. Image courtesy of Nicole Manzetti.

Isabelle McCalla from Broadway’s musical comedy, The Prom, joined “BUILD Brunch” on Feb. 26 to chat with the hosts, Ali Kolbert, Shannon Coffey, Brittany Jones-Cooper, and Lukas Thimm. Isabelle talks about the musical, as well as how this groundbreaking and uplifting story has resonated with so many young people of the LGBTQ community. “The fact that I, playing Alyssa Greene, have inspired so many young girls to come out because my character struggles with the same things they do, that is the best thing.”

She also talks about how The Prom made history in 2018 as the first LGBTQ kiss at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! You can watch the full video here.

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Nicole joined Nerds and Beyond in 2019 and is excited to finally get back into writing. As a life-long nerdy fangirl from New Jersey, she loves Supernatural and its fandom as well as anything Wayward, Kings of Con, Lucifer, Wynonna Earp, and the musical Bandstand. She’s constantly listening to Louden Swain, The Station Breaks, Briana Buckmaster, The Avett Brothers, The Mots Nouveaux, or any of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. When she’s not [procrastinating] on Twitter, you can usually find her binging Netflix with her dog, reading fanfic, or daydreaming about being back in Arizona or Disney World!

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