‘Diana: The Musical’ to open on Broadway in December; Netflix premiere in fall

The new musical about the late Princess of Wales was in previews when it shutdown due to Covid, and the production has been filmed for Netflix, which will premiere on October 1.

Jeanna de Waal as Diana (Photo by MurphyMade)

Broadway productions are beginning to announce their returns to the stage, with the recent news of a reopening and vaccination plan for theatre workers, and Diana: The Musical will be among the shows to return in the fall. The producers announced today that the show, based on the life of the late Princess of Wales, will start performances on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on December 1, with an official opening night of December 16.

Ahead of its Broadway bow, the show will premiere on Netflix on October 1, with a live-capture of a full production set to debut on the streaming service. The show will be one of the first major Broadway shows to be available to stream worldwide ahead of a theatrical opening.

“The chance to share our show, first with Netflix’s global audience, and then welcoming a live audience back on Broadway, is something we’ve all been dreaming about for more than a year,” the producers said in a joint statement. “We could not be more thrilled to finally share both the film and the Broadway musical with the world.”

Diana is directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine, with a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan. Jeanna de Waal stars as Diana alongside Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.

The complete cast of Diana includes Zach Adkins, Tessa Alves, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Bruce Dow, Richard Gatta, Lauren E.J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye B. Hopkins, André Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomás Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko, and Bethany Ann Tesarck.

The musical follows the story of her beloved princess, from her engagement to Prince Charles to her worldwide fame and media frenzy that ultimately contributed to her tragic death and iconic legacy.  

Photo credit: Jeanna de Waal as Diana (Photo by MurphyMade)