The audience at Saturday evening's performance of the Broadway musical The Prom witnessed more than just a story about a lesbian couple trying to attend their high school prom—they watched a real couple exchange marriage vows on stage!
Script coordinator Armelle Kay Harper and fiancée Jody Kay Smith wed on the Longacre Theatre stage in front of the entire cast and a full house during curtain call over the weekend, according to the New York Times.
Even though the two brides are planning a second wedding in Smith's home state of Missouri next month, they still wanted to have a intimate ceremony ahead of their larger nuptials and the Tony-nominated musical, which celebrates acceptance and inclusivity, seemed like the perfect stage (pun intended).
"There are so many shows where lesbians are secondary characters or the butt of the joke," Harper told the New York Times. “We all love Fun Home, but it’s a drama. So The Prom is really unique in that it’s a celebration, and it’s funny without being at the expense of lesbians. It’s just so much joy.”
The wedding was officiated by the show's writer, Bob Martin, who actually officiated an onstage wedding back in 2005. “He said, ‘Well, I’ve married people on stage before, so if you wanted to just get it over with and do it at curtain call, we can do that,’” Smith shared with the New York Times.
The cast and crew, as well as the audience, couldn't contain their excitement for the couple as they sealed the marriage with an onstage kiss. The Prom's official Instagram account even shared a congratulatory post for the newlyweds, writing, "We're singing congratulations to our script coordinator, Armelle Kay Harper, and Jody Kay Smith, who were married by co-book writer, @bobmartin9000, onstage at the Longacre Theatre following Saturday evening's performance of #ThePromMusical!"
Harper and Smith both shared another photo to their Instagram accounts, commemorating the occasion. "My true love. My adventure. My hand to hold. My melody. My forever. My bride. I love you, Mrs. Harper," wrote Harper about her new wife.
And Smith captioned her post, "The word is out! Last night I got the surreal privilege of getting married to the love of my life in front of a Broadway audience, officiated by the writer of the show, at curtain call for @theprommusical, a piece of art that has meant more to me than just about any other. I am surrounded by magic and love, I am so lucky. This was the wildest, most amazing thing!!!"
According to the New York Times, Harper and Smith first met on the dating app Bumble in 2017. 20 minutes after they matched, the pair met for a drink in Washington Heights. And just 19 days later, Smith proposed in the West Village. If that's not true love, we don't know what is! For two brides who love theatre, we can't imagine a better venue (or musical!) to say "I do."