Netflix will premiere Princess Diana musical ahead of Broadway debut

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2020

It will then be released on the streaming platform sometime before its new opening night of May 25, 2021.

LOS ANGELES A new musical about Britain's Princess Diana will be filmed without an audience and air on Netflix Inc in early 2021 before it debuts on Broadway, producers announced on Wednesday.

Mary McColl, executive director of Actors" Equity Association, said: "Much of the work that Equity staff is now doing involves collaborating with producers on health and safety protocols.

'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'. "The work to provide the safest workplace possible in this environment will require everyone to work together, from the employer to every employee, ' said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors" Equity Association.

Shows usually have a few weeks of previews where kinks are worked out and changes can be made before the show is finally deemed frozen and critics are invited to attend the finished product.

The production, which was originally set to open this March, had been running in previews at the time of theatre shutdowns in the US. So with plenty of stage theaters still shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it only makes sense that streaming services would want to cash in on the desire to see more shows from the Broadway stage.

Penned by Tony Award-winning writers behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan - who also wrote the music and lyrics - the musical tells of the late Princess of Wales' life during her marriage to Prince Charles, as well as their eventual divorce.

Directed by Christopher Ashley, "Diana" will be filmed without an audience on the stage of the Longacre Theater and will feature the original Broadway cast, including Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. The piece also has costume design by six-time Tony victor William Ivey Long, set design by David Zinn, lighting design by Natasha Katz and orchestrations by John Clancy. She died in a auto crash in Paris in 1997.

Numbers in the piece include "Here Comes James Hewitt", with the story following Diana from her first meeting with the Royal Family, her wedding and sensational media profile through to her death in the 1990s.

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