Diana the musical shall be streamed on Netflix subsequent 12 months earlier than it makes its official Broadway debut.
That is an unprecedented transfer for the leisure business which is coping with coronavirus restrictions.
Broadway theatres stay closed in the course of the pandemic and will not reopen this 12 months, in response to specialists.
The musical, based mostly on the life story of Princess Diana, is not scheduled to open on Broadway till 25 Could subsequent 12 months.
A filmed model of the musical, that includes the unique Broadway solid, shall be made with out an viewers in New York. Neftlix hasn’t given a date for when this shall be streamed on its website.
“Although there is no such thing as a substitute for the reside theatre, we’re honoured to be part of the standard leisure that Netflix offers its subscribers worldwide,” the producers of Diana stated in a joint assertion.
The manufacturing, which was initially set to open this March, had been operating in previews on the time of theatre shutdowns within the US.
That is the primary time a Broadway present has gone straight to the small display screen earlier than its theatrical debut.
Different Broadway exhibits have additionally been streamed however solely after they have been carried out to reside audiences.
The Disney+ service started streaming a filmed model of Hamilton, the runaway Broadway hit, earlier this summer time.
Manufacturing corporations have been reluctant to launch filmed variations of exhibits whereas productions are nonetheless operating in theatres, not to mention earlier than they’ve began their run.
The priority is that when audiences have seen the film model at house, they may not need to watch the reside model in a theatre.
However the business is altering its views and adapting to theatre shutdowns by on-line alternate options. Consultants say the movie model can put a present on an viewers’s radar and achieve world publicity.
The movie business faces the identical dilemma with many studios opting to launch motion pictures straight to streaming companies reasonably than cinemas.
Disney determined to do that for its summer time blockbuster Mulan which is able to debut on its Disney+ TV platform bypassing US film theatres.