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‘Diana the Musical’ producer explains why the show debuted on Netflix before Broadway

The new show Diana: the musical won’t have its official opening night on Broadway until November 17, but you can already watch the entire show on Netflix from the comfort of your own home.

So why did the show’s producers decide to stream the series before it airs on Broadway?

Produce Franck marshall, which is also at the origin of Jurassic World franchise of films, opens with the unique plan they created for the release of the series.

Click inside to see what he said …

“We were in previews”, Franc Recount THR on how the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Broadway. “We had had nine previews and were due to open in 10 days, but we closed on the 12th. Of course at the time we thought it would be for two weeks or something, not 18 months.

Franc then came up with a new plan.

He said: “It seemed to me that as a film producer we have the sets and the actors ready to go – everything was sort of in place in the theater. And we had just announced that Hamilton [the filmed version for Disney+] had been brought forward a year. I thought, ‘Maybe we could try to do it on our own.’ So Beth [Williams, one of Marshall’s Broadway partners] and I called Chris ashley, our director, and he said, “I’m in it”. And then I called Netflix.

The filmed version of the show premiered over four days in September 2020 and is very different from the filmed versions of Hamilton and Come from afar.

“It was really not what we call the ‘live capture’, which Hamilton was, because we didn’t have an audience. We shot it much more like a movie. We were able to put the camera in the right places and not have to turn around the audience, and we didn’t have any reaction shots, we didn’t have to wait for applause or whatever, so Chris ashley conceived in the cinematic transitions of the show. It’s much more like a movie ”, Franc noted.

Franc don’t think the Netflix special will ruin ticket sales.

“It’s a way to reach a larger audience with a Broadway show,” he said. “I don’t think it rivals the stage version at all; I think they really help each other. We saw it with Hamilton and even, looking back, Chicago. The film Chicago did not interfere with the Broadway production at all. It really helped. And they also saw ticket sales on Hamilton go up after the exit of Disney +. So I just think of it as another way of looking at it. Now millions of people around the world can see our show. “

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