Due to the pandemic, movies like Tom Hanks’ Greyhound have been forced to premiere on streaming services. Now, Broadway is taking note. Diana: A New Musical will premiere on Netflix ahead of its 2021 Broadway opening.
The musical about the late Princess Diana was scheduled to open on March 31st, but it was put on hiatus due to the pandemic. Now, it will be filmed without an audience in the Longacre Theatre and will appear on Netflix ahead of its Broadway opening, rescheduled for May 25th, 2021.
“Though there is no substitute for the live theater, we are honored to be a part of the quality entertainment that Netflix provides its subscribers worldwide,” the producers said in a statement.
Netflix has some history with Broadway. It has streamed productions like Bruce Springsteen’s one-man Broadway show and adapted Broadway’s Boys in the Band into a film. But Broadway musicals may become more popular on streaming services after Hamilton's success and while shows can’t open in person.