‘Diana’ Musical Will Premiere on Netflix Ahead of Broadway Debut

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Earlier than making her Broadway debut, Girl Di is heading to Netflix.

“Diana,” a musical primarily based on the life of the Princess of Wales, will premiere on Netflix subsequent 12 months forward of its opening on the Nice White Means.

The present was in previews, and anticipated to premiere on March 31, when Broadway shut down in mid-March to assist cease the unfold of coronavirus. Theaters will stay closed via the remaining of 2020. “Diana” is now set to open on the stage on Might 25, 2021, over a 12 months later than initially deliberate.

“We communicate for the whole firm after we say that we couldn’t be extra excited to lastly find a way share our present with theater lovers in every single place,” the producers of “Diana” stated in a press release. “Although there isn’t any substitute for the reside theater, we’re honored to be a component of the standard leisure that Netflix supplies its subscribers worldwide.”

Whereas lights on the principle stem have been off, theaters have been making an attempt to supply up extra content material digitally. Disney Plus lately had an enormous hit with a taped model of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s present about one of America’s Founding Fathers and the nation’s first treasury secretary.

Netflix has been residence to quite a few theatrical works earlier than, together with “American Son” with Kerry Washington, “Springsteen on Broadway” and Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s “Oh, Hey.” Ryan Murphy is at present working on a movie adaptation of the Tony-nominated musical “The Promenade” for the streaming service. However “Diana” represents a primary in that the present will probably be accessible to the general public on Netflix earlier than patrons should buy Broadway tickets.

Directed by Christopher Ashley, “Diana” will probably be filmed with out an viewers on the stage of the Longacre Theater and can function the unique Broadway forged, together with Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. The producers have labored intently with Actor’s Fairness Affiliation, the labor union representing skilled actors and stage managers in reside theatre, on well being protocols to make sure the set will probably be secure throughout the pandemic.

“A lot of the work that Fairness workers is at present doing includes collaborating with producers on well being and security protocols,” stated Mary McColl, government director of Actors’ Fairness Affiliation. “Right now, we will announce that we’ve permitted a security plan for ‘Diana.’ Now comes the exhausting half — taking a security plan from the web page and placing it into observe. The work to offer the most secure office doable on this atmosphere would require everybody to work collectively, from the employer to each worker.”

Joe DiPietro wrote the ebook and lyrics to “Diana” and David Bryan penned the music and lyrics. The present was choreographed by Kelly Devine (“Come From Away”) and scored with music supervision and preparations from one other “Come From Away” alum Ian Eisendrath.

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