A new musical about Princess Diana will premiere on Netflix before opening on Broadway in December, in an innovative move to promote the project.
In one of the first Broadway shows to announce a firm date following a pandemic-induced shutdown of over a year, “Diana: The Musical” will have its opening night on December 16. But it will be released ahead on Netflix on October 1, in what is thought to be the first such arrangement for a new stage show.
Broadway theaters shut down in mid-March 2020 due to the coronavirus. The closure now officially extends to June 2021 but the New York theatrical community is eyeing September at the earliest for live plays to get back up and running.
Live theater, which thrives on close contacts between actors, requires backstage crews to work in cramped conditions and needs large audiences to survive financially, is expected to be the last cultural event to return after the pandemic.