“Make ‘em laugh, then make a point!” Borrowing a cultural meme to describe the new musical “The Prom” seems fair game because the show extensively parodies multiple Broadway musical conventions. While the ongoing zany homage succeeds in keeping us entertained, the real achievement is that by the end of the night I truly cared what was to become of the central characters peopling the real town that emerges from the glitz. This achievement is due in no small part to Caitlin Kinnunen, playing reluctant activist Emma, who gives a performance of such consistent, anchored emotional sincerity and authentic musicality that…

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