Diana: The Musical Release Date, Cast, And More

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In November, Diana: The Musical will bring the story of Princess Diana to Broadway. However, before the production debuts on stage, it will be presented on Netflix as a live recording with the show's original cast. Considering this fall probably won't be the best time to return to Broadway theaters, it'll be nice to enjoy a full blown stage musical from the comfort of your home. Find out when you can see Diana: The Musical on Netflix and everything we know about the production below.

Diana: The Musical Release Date and Where You Can Watch It

Pending Broadway's anticipated return with government approval, and following health and safety guidelines, previews for Diana: The Musical on stage in New York City are scheduled to resume at the Longacre Theatre on November 2, 2021. The official opening night will be November 17, 2021. Though productions will require proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test for admission, there's no shame in not feeling safe to head back to Broaday. Thankfully, Netflix has you covered.

Netflix will be premiering the live-recorded performance of "Diana: The Musical" a whole month earlier, starting on October 1, 2021. The performance, recorded in 2020, will feature the original Broadway cast, getting you as close to seeing the actual stage production as you can get from your own couch. Honestly, this is something we wish Broadway would do with all their shows, even if it was over a year after the show premiered on Broadway. 

What Is Diana: The Musical?

"Diana: The Musical" is a stage production that tells the story of young Diana Spencer as she enters the royal family and creates a legacy that would last well beyond her tragically short life. Inspired by the life of Princess Diana, the musical unfolds across two acts with 21 original songs that find her facing the world and carving her own path as a bright light for millions around the world. Needless to say, it's a much different approach to the life of this famous figure than the upcoming film "Spencer" starring Kristen Stewart.

Diana: The Musical Synopsis

Here's the official synopsis for "Diana: The Musical":

Diana tells the story of one of the most beloved women of modern times. Engaged to a prince she barely knows, 19-year-old Diana Spencer is thrust onto the world stage and, overnight, becomes the most famous woman in the world. As she struggles to navigate her way within the rigid structure of the royal family, Princess Diana finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, eventually finding her voice by devoting herself to those in need. Forced to endure a media spotlight brighter than the world has ever known, Princess Diana defies all expectations to emerge as her own woman and create a legacy that will endure forever.

Diana: The Musical Director, Writer, and More

"Diana: The Musical" is directed by Christopher Ashley (Broadway's "Memphis" and "Come From Away"). The book (Broadway's word for script) was written by Tony-winning scribe Joe DiPietro, who also wrote the book for "Memphis." Meanwhile, the music comes from David Bryan, who not only co-wrote the music for "Memphis" but was the keyboard player for Bon Jovi. They both wrote the lyrics for the original songs in the musical.

The stage production is produced by Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall, and The Araca Group.

Diana: The Musical Cast

"Diana: The Musical" puts Jenna de Waal front and center as Diana Spencer, with Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. 

The rest of the Broadway cast 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.

Diana: The Musical Trailer