Frank Marshall is a prominent filmmaker and the musical’s producer. He stated, “I think people’s will see the movie, and will say that’s something I want in person,”. Beth Williams (a Broadway veteran) acknowledged that the plan involved “a slightly more complicated rolling out,” but stated that “we feel like it is an incredible chance to put “Diana” in front a global Netflix audience, then give them an opportunity live to experience it.”
Broadway, of course, remains closed in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and producers expect that most full-scale plays and musicals won’t attempt to start performances until after Labor Day. “Diana,” which chronicles the life and death of the Princess of Wales, who was the first wife of Prince Charles, is among the first shows to put tickets on sale and to choose a specific date for a target opening.
Marshall stated that scheduling was all about trying to predict how the country’s recovery from the pandemic will go and then trying to coordinate the projects to make them more effective. “We wanted to ensure that our marketing plans aligned,” Marshall said. “I’m very hopeful about the fall for both movies and Broadway.” (A spokesperson declined to confirm how much Netflix paid.
The musical features Jeanna De Waal as the title role. It is directed and choreographed in part by Christopher Ashley. Kelly Devine previously worked on ” come From Away“. It was written by Joe DiPietro (the Bon Jovi keyboardist) and David Bryan (the Tony Award-winning composer of “Memphis.”
The show was modified through virtual and in person work. It had an pre-Broadway version at La Jolla Playhouse. According to the producers, they expect that their cast will not be subject to further revisions.