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“Trevor: the Musical” Ushers in a New Wave of Musical Pro-shots

On Friday, June 24, 2022, Disney+ will release a pro-shot of “Trevor: the Musical”. Pro-shot is shorthand for a professionally filmed version of a stage production. “Trevor: the Musical” follows Trevor Nelson, a gay 13-year-old in 1981 suburban America who starts being bullied at school when his classmates discover his sexuality. Despite some of the serious content of the show, it is marketed as being fun and enjoyable. The trailer gives the audience sneak peeks at several dance numbers which do look quite entertaining.

“Trevor” is based on a short film of the same name which won the Academy Award for Best Short Film in 1995. The film ended up leading to the creation of The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention hotline directed at LGBTQ youth.

The pro-shot in question captured a showing of the Off-Broadway production at Stage 42, which ran from November 10, 2021, to December 19, 2021. The show reportedly had to close early because there were too many positive Covid cases within the company.

The reviews for “Trevor” were generally positive. The notable exception would be Jesse Green’s New York Times review which called the show “tonally incomprehensible” as well as “hectic and skin-deep.”

The young actor who plays Trevor Nelson, Holden Hagelberger, has been highly praised by critics. A Deadline review referred to Hagelberger’s performance as “remarkable.” From the clips in the trailer, audiences can surmise that Hagelberger will at the very least deliver an entertaining and larger-than-life performance. 

The musical also features the sixteen-year-old Aryan Simhadri, who has recently received more attention after being cast as Grover in the new “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” TV series which will also appear on Disney+.

“Trevor: the Musical” is not the first pro-shot of a musical to be released on Disney+. It will be following up on the famous “Hamilton” in addition to the well-known musical “Newsies.” The next professionally filmed musical to be released on Disney+ will be a production of “Aladdin” that was filmed on the West End.

“Trevor” will actually be ushering in a new age for musical pro-shots. There are currently more professionally filmed shows announced for release in the near future than ever before. To name a few, “Waitress” on Broadway, “Jersey Boys” starring Nick Jonas, and “Prince of Egypt” on the West End. While there is no word yet on when any of these will be released, their announcements alone have caused quite the stir in the theatre fan community.

So many upcoming pro-shots are exciting news for theatre fans. This allows audiences to see a stage production that most people would never have gotten the chance to see because of location or monetary restraints. Hopefully, this new wave of musical pro-shots is only setting the scene for many more.


Image Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

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