"The reason I like The Prom so much is that I do think they could have written either musical; one that was completely satire or one that was more straightforward. I found it interesting and ambitious that they tried to do both. Is it completely successful? Nope. But it showed effort, which not every show does."
I appreciate your thoughts, but I don't see how this show very different in that respect from the massive hit HAIRSPRAY -- another musical with an overall tone that's very over-the-top, satirical, even cartoonish but that also deals with very serious issues and even has one completely straightforward, very serious number, "I Know Where I've Been." Do you feel that the two shows are very similar in that respect, but that HAIRSPRAY just handles the dichotomy better?