In a Broadway first, “Diana: A New Musical,” the stage manufacturing about Princess Diana that went darkish with the COVID shutdown simply previous to its opening night time, will premiere on Netflix subsequent yr before its new May 25, 2021 Broadway opening.
Directed by Christopher Ashley and starring Jeanna de Waal because the title character, the musical will be filmed with out an viewers on the stage of the Longacre Theater for the Netflix debut.
A Netflix airdate was not introduced.
The announcement was made right this moment by producers Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group. Prior to Broadway’s coronavirus shutdown this previous March 12, “Diana” had began previews March 2 with a deliberate March 31 opening night time.
Producers have been working with Actor’s Equity Association on all well being and security protocols. Equity Executive Director Mary McColl mentioned in a press release, “Today, we will announce that now we have authorized a security plan for Diana. Now comes the arduous half – taking a security plan from the web page and placing it into follow. The work to offer the most secure office doable in this surroundings will require everybody to work collectively, from the employer to each worker.”
Equity mentioned the manufacturing plans embody rehearsal, the recording of a solid album and the efficiency on the Longacre to be filmed Netflix. The provisions of the security plan embody preliminary and recurring testing for Equity members, an isolation plan for the actors and stage managers, and HVAC modifications to make sure air flow in the again of the home, amongst different necessities.
The staging for Netflix will function the unique Broadway solid, together with de Waal, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.
“We converse for your complete firm once we say that we couldn’t be extra excited to lastly have the ability share our show with theater lovers in all places,” the producers mentioned in a press release right this moment. “Though there is no such thing as a substitute for the reside theater, we’re honored to be part of the standard leisure that Netflix offers its subscribers worldwide.”
The staging for Netflix previous to the industry re-opening ought to, technically, make “Diana” the first show to return to a Broadway stage following the COVID hiatus. “Diana” additionally will turn out to be the first Broadway manufacturing to debut on tv previous to the stage manufacturing’s official opening night time.
The musical encompasses a guide and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the staff behind Broadway’s “Memphis.” The manufacturing marks director Ashley’s returns to Broadway following his Tony-winning path of 2017’s hit “Come From Away.” Kelly Devine is the choreographer for “Diana,” with music supervision and preparations by “Come From Away‘s” Ian Eisendrath.