Diana The Musical ‘no more value than a tea towel with Diana’s head on it’: ‘Pathetic!’ | Royal | News
Diana: The Musical trailer released by Netflix
The new musical based on the life of Princess Diana has been dropped on Netflix before its premiere on Broadway. Filmed last year without an audience at the Longacre Theatre, it features the original broadway cast. Diana The Musical is yet another depiction of the legendary Princess of Wales in recent years, including season four of Netflix’s The Crown and Kristen Stewart’s Spencer.
However, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams branded it just “another attempt to cash in on her memory”, adding that the British public are “missing nothing” by it not coming to the West end.
He said: “It is going to be streamed and not to the West End.
“We are missing nothing, from the trailer it looks like another attempt to cash in on her memory.
“It did make broadway, but it’s painful to watch clips from it.
“As the legendary Sam Goldwyn might have quicked, ‘in two words, pa thetic’!
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Diana The Musical
Diana The Musical was released on Netflix today
“It looks as if it has no more value than a souvenir tea towel with Diana’s head on it.”
He branded The Crown “appallingly inaccurate”, adding that he has rarely seen an accurate portrayal of the late Diana.
He told Express.co.uk: “I have hardly ever seen or read anything which accurately portrays the late Princess of Wales.
“She was neither a saint nor altogether evil.
“Instead, she suffered from mental frailties which made her an extremely complex person and totally unsuitable to deal with the rigours of being a princess.”
Diana The Musical will be showing on Broadway, New York
He added that having watched The Crown and being rather unimpressed, he does not intend to watch Diana The Musical.
Diana, who married Prince Charles in 1981, welcomed sons Prince William and Prince Harry before separating from the heir apparent in 1992.
Their divorce was made final in 1996, just a year before her tragic death in a car crash in 1997.
During her 15 years in the spotlight, Diana took the world by storm, earning herself the love and adoration of millions across the world.
Diana The Musical was due to open in New York in March 2020 but was forced to abandon its plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jeanna de Waal stars in Diana The Musical
A scene from Diana The Musical
It was directed by Tony award-winner Christopher Ashley, known for his work on Come From Away, which was also about a historic tragedy: 9/11.
Kelly Devine, who did Come From Away’s musical staging, choreographed the show.
The show’s book and music are written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, who both won a Tony for Memphis in 2010.
Diana is played by Jeanna de Waal, known for her role in Kinky Boots and Carrie off-Broadway.
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She has played the princess before at La Jolla Playhouse in 2019.
Despite scepticism about the show, Mr DiPietro said he did not approach writing it as a critique or a love letter.
He told the BBC: “I never approached this as a campy show. We never approached it as a critique of Diana. We also never approached it as just a love letter.
“To us, it’s really about an extraordinary and important woman of the last century who made a lasting impact.
“It’s an exploration of her life. I hope in the show there are no villains, and it’s really three people trying to manoeuvre through this unique situation.
“It’s unique because they were royals and they had the spotlight ‒ but it’s not unique, people have affairs, people are in love with someone else, people marry the wrong person.
“That to me was always what the show is about, just with a royal, epic feel to it.”
He added: “I’m going through my British phase for some reason as a writer.”