Diana musical hits TV before Broadway

Diana the musical (right) will screen on Netflix first before showing at Broadway in May next year. FAMILIES TORN APART: Strict border controls brought on by the coronavirus have separated many families, including those of celebrities. 	Chinese busin
Diana the musical will screen on Netflix first before showing at Broadway in May next year.PHOTO: DIANA ONBROADWAY/ INSTAGRAM

NEW YORK • The Great White Way will have to wait. Diana, a musical based on the life of the Princess of Wales, will be making its debut on Netflix first instead.

The show was expected to premiere on Broadway on March 31 this year, but New York's theatre district was forced to shut down in mid-March because of the virus.

The musical is now slated to premiere on Broadway in May next year.

However, fans of the royal family can still catch the production on Netflix now.

The producers said in a statement: "We speak for the entire company when we say we couldn't be more excited to finally be able to share our show with theatre lovers everywhere.

"Though there is no substitute for the live theatre, we are honoured to be a part of the quality entertainment Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide."

Diana, which follows the People's Princess' courtship and marriage to Prince Charles, as well as their eventual divorce, is not the first musical to be offered digitally.

Disney+ recently won big with a taped version of Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, which follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's founding fathers and the country's first treasury secretary.

Netflix is also no stranger to the theatre, having hosted works including American Son with Kerry Washington and Springsteen On Broadway, as well as Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's Oh, Hello.

However, Diana marks the first time a show will be available to the public digitally before patrons can buy Broadway tickets.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2020, with the headline 'Diana musical hits TV before Broadway'. Print Edition | Subscribe