The much-awaited television adaptation of Diana: The Musical has finally hit the small screen
Diana: The Musical premiered on Broadway in the summer of 2020, but due to the pandemic it was impossible for fans to attend in person and enjoy the spectacle.
Now, the show has come to Netflix!
The production features several relatively new names in the world of theatre. Directed by Christopher Ashley, with music provided by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, famed for the hit show Memphis. Jeanna de Waal is tasked with bringing Princess Diana to life, having played the late princess before at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2019. The actress attended the Arts Educational School in Tring, the same school Dame Julie Andrews DBE attended.
American singer and actress Judy Kaye played Queen Elizabeth. The 72-year-old is a veteran of the Broadway scene.
While fans around the world were extremely excited at the prospect of the show coming to Netflix, it is fair to say that the initial reaction to the show has been mixed.
Critical reception to the show has been largely negative, with many viewers criticizing the dialogue and acting performances of the cast.]
The show received several 1-star reviews from media outlets and was lambasted on social media platforms, with several users even branding the production 'the worst show of the year'.
Peter Bradshaw, writing for The Guardian, described the show as "a Rocky Horror Picture Show of cluelessness and misjudged Judy Garlandification. I can imagine masochists getting together for Diana: The Musical parties, just to sing the most nightmarish lines along with the cast. The rest of us will need a long lie down."
A damning inditement indeed. Have you seen the show?
If so, what did you think?