The new Broadway production of Diana: A New Musical, which is based on the life of the late Princess of Wales, was forced to postpone its March 31 debut due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, but the show must go on. While it’s now set to open on May 25th, 2021, it seems audiences around the world won’t actually have to wait that long to see it. Producers have made the executive decision that the musical will be filmed sans audience at New York City’s Longacre Theater with the original Broadway cast. The filmed production of Diana will be available to stream on Netflix in early 2021, ahead of its Broadway premiere.
“We speak for the entire company when we say that we couldn’t be more excited to finally be able share our show with theater lovers everywhere,” the show’s producers explained in a joint statement. “Though there is no substitute for the live theater, we are honored to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide.”
With a slew of Broadway vets on board, the production is highly anticipated. Tony-winning Christopher Ashley directs, while the book and music were written by David Bryan and Joe DiPetro, who shared a Tony win for Memphis in 2010. Jeanna de Waal stars as Diana, making this her first premiering role on Broadway. De Waal has been with the project since its start, playing the people’s princess in its opening production at the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
The musical examines the incessant media coverage of the late royal, her disruption of the British monarchy, her scandalous divorce, untimely death, and the incredible legacy she’s left behind. As far as Diana’s sartorial statements go, one stands out from the rest and is included in the show. Known as the Revenge Dress, the off-the-shoulder LBD she wore immediately after Prince Charles publicly admitted to his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles gets its very own song titled “A Pretty Girl in a Pretty Dress.” The look is just one out of 39 created by award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long for the musical.
Tickets for Diana: A New Musical are now available online.
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