Jonny Warner, a rebel who spells his name without the customary H, is the new transfer student at Enrico Fermi High School. He falls in love a with good girl named Toffee, the first woman who's ever loved him. Toffee's parents and principal Miss Strict pressure her to break up with him, and when she does, Jonny commits suicide by riding his motorcycle into a nuclear plant. He comes back as a zombie, and wants to take Toffee to the prom. Miss Strict, however, does not want any zombies at her high school ruining the order that she's established. Jonny teams up with fame-seeking reporter Eddie Flagrante to campaign for zombie civil rights. It turns out that Miss Strict has a few secrets in her past that she wishes to keep under wraps...Zombie Prom
was originally an off-Broadway musical, and was made into a much-abridged film featuring RuPaul as Miss Strict.
This production contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of 1950 B Movies
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted with Jonny and Toffee. Ms. Strict and Toffee's parents take him for a delinquent, all because of his motorcycle, leather jacket, and his "defiling of a good Christian name." It never seems to occur to them that Toffee could love him because he's actually a good guy.
- Ms. Strict qualifies as well. Back in the day, she had a thing for Eddie Flagrante, and if she wouldn't be allowed to go to the prom with him, she wasn't going at all.
- All Musicals Are Adaptations: Averted. Was a musical first, and then a film.
- Back from the Dead: Jonny.
- Counterpoint Duet: "Where Do We Go From Here," though it's an ensemble number rather than a duet.
- The real counterpoint number is the trio following said number, "Case Closed," which also ends Act One.
- Da Editor: Eddie Flagrante - especially prominent during the "That's the Beat for Me" sequence.
- Dark Reprise: "Then Came Jonny" is repeated at the start of the second act but is much more ominous because everything is going badly. This is Played for Laughs; the final punishment is cancelling the senior prom.
- Delinquents: Jonny is referred to as a juvenile delinquent, but the most rebellious thing he does is spell his name without the customary H.
- Driven to Suicide: Jonny.
- The Fifties
- Final Love Duet: "Forbidden Love"
- Intrepid Reporter: Eddie Flagrante, though as the story progresses he seems to become genuinely interested in promoting equal rights for the undead.
- Letter Motif: Jonny, Joey, Jake, and Josh.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Miss Strict and Eddie Flagrante turn out to be Jonny's parents, though Miss Strict doesn't find out until Jonny does.
- Meaningful Name: The principal's name is Miss Strict. Also, Enrico Fermi High school is named after the eminent nuclear physicist.
- Our Zombies Are Different: When Jonny comes back from the dead, the only thing different is that he is green. All he wants to do is take his girlfriend to the prom.
- Parental Abandonment: Jonny grew up in an orphanage, and has never seen his parents. Subverted when it's later revealed that Ms. Strict and Eddie are his parents.
- Premiseville: Enrico Fermi High School
- Resurrected Romance
- Smoking Is Cool: Parodied with True Blue Cigarettes commercial in "Come Join Us". The sexy woman singing the song for the commercial coughs very unsexily at the end of the song.
- T-Word Euphemism: "The C Word"
- Theme Naming: Toffee, Coco, Ginger, and Candy.
- The Power of Love: Toffee's undying love for Jonny, even after he commits nuclear suicide, manages to raise Jonny back from the dead as a nuclear zombie.
- Troubled, but Cute: Jonny is a lighthearted parody of this. He grew up an orphan, wears a leather jacket, rides a motorcycle, and rebels by... leaving the "H" out of his name. On top of that, he's a perfectly nice guy.