With theaters closed indefinitely during the pandemic, streaming companies make an effort to put Broadway musicals in their catalog.
Nothing can ever replace the experience of watching a play live but in these depressing times, an alternative ought to show up. Disney Plus successfully aired the blockbuster musical Hamilton as it was watched by more people than anything on all streaming platforms in July. Now, Netflix is learning by bagging the streaming rights of the musical based on Princess Diana’s life.
In March, producers of Diana: A New Musical started the previews of the show, choosing March 31 as the opening date at the Longacre Theater on Broadway. However, when New York was devastatingly hit by the COVID-19 virus, production had to be put on hiatus.
The show producers have decided to try something new by partnering with Netflix. Announced in the joint statement of its producers Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall, and The Araca Group, Diana: A New Musical will premiere on Netflix ahead of its Broadway opening on May 25, 2021.
The Netflix special will be filmed without an audience on the same stage the Broadway musical will debut, featuring its original cast: Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampf, Erin Davie, and Judy Kaye, to name a few.
Netflix and Disney+ have been quite competitive in the business of streaming, along with other competitions, considering the big changes that affected the film, TV, and theater industry. Disney is taking a chance by releasing the live-action film “Mulan” which was supposed to debut earlier this year. On the other hand, Netflix has been trying to keep up by releasing originals for which some of the recently successful ones include The Kissing Booth 2 and The Old Guard.
Live concerts have also been suspended because of the coronavirus and Netflix is quite ahead in this area by already releasing movie concerts like HOMECOMING: A Film by Beyonce, Springsteen on Broadway, Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall, Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, 2015 Dream Concert, and Michael Jackson’s This Is It.