Diana musical to hit Netflix before Broadway debut

With Broadway remaining closed until 2021 Diana's producers have taken an unprecedented move.

A musical based on the life of Princess Diana will be available to stream on Netflix before it debuts on Broadway next year.  

Diana, which stars British actress Jeanna De Waal in the title role, will be filmed without an audience at New York’s Longacre Theatre but it’s not yet clear when it will arrive on the streaming platform.  

The show’s Broadway opening date was officially pushed back from March 31st to 25th May 2021 after COVID-19 caused all of the Broadway theatres to close their doors on March 12th. 

This is the first time a show has been made available elsewhere before opening on Broadway.

It’s a practice that theatres aren’t normally too keen on as it could have a negative impact on ticket sales, but COVID-19 is causing distributors to look at different ways of getting their content out there. 

Disney for example announced earlier this month that their delayed live-action version of Mulan will forgo a cinematic release in certain countries and instead be released on Disney+. 

Trolls World Tour and WW2 drama Greyhound starring Tom Hanks also both went straight to VOD and will soon be followed by films like comedy sequel Bill and Ted Face the Music and the Jordan Peele produced horror Antebellum.

Diana is directed by Christopher Ashley with book and lyrics by Joe DiPetro and music and lyrics by David Bryan. Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie Tony Award winner Judy Kaye will also star. 

"Though there is no substitute for the live theatre, we are honoured to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide," said the show’s producers. 

Source: BBC News

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