Wednesday, July 24, 2024

UPDATE: Broadway Musical About Princess Diana Will Open a Month Early, On November 17th


“Diana: The Musical” cannot be stopped!

The Broadway show that will premiere on Netflix first has moved up its Broadway opening date.

The new date is November 17th, with previews set to begin November 2nd. That’s a short preview window, but the show has played in La Jolla and was in previews before the pandemic shut it down.

First, however, we’ll get to see it on Netflix on October 1st. That has never been done before.

Originally “Diana” was going to bow in December. But I guess the producers felt that was too much lag time between Netflix and a live start.

In a joint statement, the “Diana” producers said “There is a huge groundswell of energy surrounding Broadway’s reopening news and we are looking forward to having many things to celebrate with our Broadway colleagues this Fall.  We are very happy to get our company back onstage a month earlier than we had anticipated and are eager to safely welcome audiences back to the Longacre Theatre.  We are also eager to move forward with our cast and company with a firm commitment to the list of actionable items we have created together  to help make both Diana and our industry a more inclusive, equitable and safe space in which to work.”

(I don’t know if ‘actionable’ is the word they meant. Are they suing the audience?)

“Diana: The Musical” stars Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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