Show Stoppers Column: A new musical is Netflix bound

Cara Lee talks about a new Broadway show with Royal Family connections that will air on the popular streaming site in early 2021.

Sadly, it doesn’t look like any of the major theatres in this area will be opening imminently, but as the
world slowly gets back to a new normal, lots of theatre fans have been considering how concerts and theatre performances could take place in this new Covid shaped world.

To gain a greater insight into what theatre might look like once it reopens, the first thing most people will probably do is look at the nearest examples of large events that are running.

As of right now, that would be cinemas and sporting events. Unlike sports games, theatres cannot exactly run without an audience, unless we’re talking about streamed performances, like Netflix who are planning the new Diana musical – but we’ll get back to that later.

Overall, it is more likely that we’ll see theatres and concert venues up and running at a lower capacity, with audiences sat at a social distance.

While this is potentially bad news for ticket sales, it would at least allow them to open. In a scenario like this, other safety measures such as masks and temperature checks at the door would also
be most likely put in place to decrease the risk of infection.

Another potential solution (but one that would only be open to larger theatres) would be to stream performances, either live or pre-recorded. We saw examples of this throughout lockdown, with various shows being put online and some major musicals like Hamilton even making it onto Disney Plus.

It looks like that will possibly continue into the future, as the new previously mentioned Broadway show Diana: A New Musical, which has found itself in a raft of new shows unable to open properly, set to premiere on Netflix at a future date.

But could free or paid for performances staged in this way be the future of the industry?

We’ll have to wait and see.

Cara Lee is a Milton Keynes based freelance writer and editor, who also writes the theatre blog “In the Lights”. You can find her on Twitter at @LeeInTheLights, on Instagram at @inthelightsblog and on Facebook at @caraleecontent.

This feature was published in the October 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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