Yes! This is is probably the first time a musical will be hitting a streaming site before being played in front of a live audience. Apparently the Broadway Musical can’t wait for the Covid-19 to end and theaters to reopen for audiences to enjoy live performances.
The show’s producers said “We speak for the entire company when we say that we couldn’t be more excited to finally be able to share our show with theater lovers everywhere. 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 crew is to gather in an empty theatre and perform in front of the cameras to produce a complete musical to be aired on Netflix next year.
Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association said in a statement, “Now comes the hard part — taking a safety plan from the page and putting it into practice. The work to provide the safest workplace possible in this environment will require everyone to work together, from the employer to every employee,”
To ensure safety producers have worked in coordination with the Actors’ Equity Association and the labor union. The safety measures include initial and periodic testing of the staff, create ventilation inside the theatre and have created an isolation plan as well.
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Diana, which tells the story of the late Diana Spencer, begun sneak peeks on Broadway in early March but never formally opened at the Longacre Theater before the widespread Covid-19 virus outbreak. The show’s new opening night will be May 25, 2021.
Diana is the sad but motivating story of a youthful lady learning to break free of the limits of the British royal family. It has melodies by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and story writer Joe DiPietro.