Diana, Das Musical – which debuted not on stage but on screen in a filmed version streamed on Netflix – will end its run just a short month after it opened.
Late on Friday evening it was announced that the performance of the show on Sunday, December 19, would serve as the closing night at the Longacre Theater. The musical, which traces the life of Princess Diana and her legacy, opened on Broadway on November 17th after a series of previews began on November 2nd. It will have a total of 33 performances and 16 pre-premieres.
“We are extremely proud of the Diana Company and of the show on the Longacre stage. Our sincere thanks go to the cast, the crew and everyone who helped create the show. And the audience, who showed their love and support with every performance, ”said the show’s producers, Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group, in a 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 book and lyrics of the musical are Tony winner Joe DiPietro, with music and lyrics by Tony Award winner and Bon Jovi member David Bryan. The musical was staged by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Olivier winner Kelly Devine with musical supervision and arrangements by Olivier winner Ian Eisendrath.
The Broadway show was originally scheduled to open in Spring 2020 and had nine preview premieres before Broadway closed for an unprecedented 18 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The musical was created amid a resurgent interest in Princess Diana and her time as part of the royal family. Other recent insights into the life and legacy of the former Princess of Wales include Emma Corrin as a philanthropist, fashion icon and mother on Netflix The crown and the drama directed by Pablo Larraín Spencer, with Kristen Stewart in a performance that earned her great Oscar craze.
Before the production’s streaming debut, Marshall said Der Hollywood-Reporter of current interest in Diana’s story: “She was an amazing woman and there are many ways to celebrate her life and we are one of them. It’s fascinating and I think the public is really interested in going behind the scenes. “
Diana in both its Broadway and streaming forms, it received poor criticism. Looking back at the show during its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, THR found that, despite the musical’s “honesty”, the story had “flaws”.
“With the endless flow of books, films, documentaries, and news programs over the decades, the world certainly didn’t need a Diana musical, and with so much potential for a misfire in the warehouse, perhaps it would have been safer to just pass the idea on” THR wrote the theater critic Deborah Wilker.