Diane, the musical – which made its debut not on stage but on screen in a version filmed for Netflix – will end its run just a month after its opening.
It was announced Friday night that the Sunday December 19 show will serve as the closing night at the Longacre Theater. The musical, which chronicles the life of Princess Diana and her legacy, debuted on Broadway on November 17 after a series of premieres that began on November 2. It will have lasted a total of 33 performances and 16 previews.
“We are extremely proud of the Diana Company and the live performance at the Longacre. Our sincere thanks go to the cast, crew and everyone involved in the creation of the show. And to the audience who have shown their love and support with every performance, ”the show’s producers, Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group said 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 musical book and lyrics are by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, with music and lyrics by Tony Award winner and Bon Jovi member David Bryan. The musical was directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by award winner Olivier Kelly Devine with musical supervision and arrangements by award winner Olivier Ian Eisendrath.
The Broadway show was originally scheduled to open in the spring of 2020 and had run for nine performances before Broadway closed for an unprecedented 18 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The musical came about amid renewed interest in Princess Diana and her time with the British royal family. Other recent interpretations of the life and legacy of the former Princess of Wales include Emma Corrin as a philanthropist, fashion icon and mother of Netflix. The crown and the drama directed by Pablo Larraín Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart in a performance that earned her major Oscar buzz.
Prior to the production’s streaming debut, Marshall said Hollywood journalist of current interest in Diana’s story, “She was an amazing woman, and there are a lot of ways to celebrate her life, and we’re one of them.” She’s fascinating, and I think the audience is really interested in seeing behind the curtain.
Diane, both in its Broadway and streaming forms, has been poorly received by critics. In a review of the show at its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, THR noted that while there was a “serious” about the musical, the story had “flaws”.
“Given the endless stream of books, films, documentaries and reports over the decades, the world certainly didn’t need a Diana musical, and with so much potential for a dud, it would. perhaps it was safer to convey this idea. , ” THR wrote theater critic Deborah Wilker.