Diana, The Musical – which first debuted not on stage but on screen in a filmed version that was streamed on Netflix – will end its run just a short month after it hits theaters.
It was announced Friday night that the show’s Sunday, December 19 performance would serve as its closing night at the Longacre Theatre. The musical, which chronicles the life of Princess Diana as well as her legacy, opens on Broadway on November 17 after a series of previews beginning on November 2. It will have a total 33 performances and 16 previews.
“We are especially proud of the Diana company and of our performance on the Longacre stage. We extend our sincere thanks to the cast, crew, and everyone who contributed to the making of the show. And to the audiences who have shown their love and support in every performance,” the show’s producers, Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group, said in a statement. joint statement.
The show stars Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. The musical’s books and lyrics are written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, with music and lyrics by Tony Award winner and Bon Jovi member David Bryan. The musical is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by award winner Olivier Kelly Devine with supervision and musical choreography by winner Olivier Ian Eisendrath.
The Broadway show was originally slated to open in spring 2020, and ran nine preview shows before Broadway closed in an unprecedented 18 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The musical comes amid a renewed interest in Princess Diana and her time as part of the Royal Family. Other recent roles on the life and legacy of the former Princess of Wales include Emma Corrin as a philanthropist, fashion icon and mother on Netflix’s Crown and the TV series directed by Pablo Larraín Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart in a performance that brought her Oscar-winning hit.
Marshall speaks ahead of the movie’s streaming premiere The Hollywood Reporter currently interested in Diana’s story, “She was an amazing woman, and there are so many ways to celebrate her life, and we are one of them. She’s fascinating, and I think the public is really interested in seeing behind the curtain. “
Diana both on Broadway and in streaming met with poor reception. In a review of the show during its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, CHEAP notes that despite a “serious” tone about the musical, the story still has “flaws”.
“With countless books, movies, documentaries, and news coverage over the decades, the world certainly doesn’t need a Diana musical, and with so many potential campfires, perhaps just Communicating this idea is safer,” CHEAP theater critic Deborah Wilker writes.