Diana: A True Musical Story (Broadway)
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Diana: A True Musical Story (Broadway)
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Diana: A True Musical Story (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(211 Reviews)
Positive
63%
Mixed
19%
Negative
18%
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Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging

A new musical about the life and legacy of Princess Diana from the creators of Tony winner "Memphis"

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Member Reviews (211)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
76
Indulgent, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Ist act was very good. Great staging, Diana was exceptional, Charles very good.

Don't see it if If u want a complete show. Act 11 was bad. Poor direction.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
77
Fluffy, Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you know the whole story and would enjoy a hard working cast, especially the supporting cast, singing & dancing their way through the story.

Don't see it if you want the entire story - there is a lot of jumping forward here that leaves so much out to just have rhyming song after song. Read more

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
80
Dramatic, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy traditional musicals with a historical base. The story is both familiar & charmingly unexpected as is the format. Very nicely done

Don't see it if big Broadway musicals are not your thing.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
87
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a delightful retelling of the tragic story of Charles and Diana. Great staging and costumes with wonderful performances by all.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another story about Charles and Diana or if you are a fan of Camilla. Read more

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
60
Trite, Indulgent, Campy, Great costumes, Great staging

See it if you crave anything Diana; lots of beautiful costume changes; some good singing; you're dying for a new musical.

Don't see it if you're looking for a well written book w/memorable music & lyrics; a beloved figure who is shown here to be nothing more than a charicature

443 Reviews | 67 Followers
79
Ho-hum, Indulgent, Great staging, Cliched, Clever

See it if you want to relive her short life, or you like seeing the clothes that she wore (sadly, they don't fit the actress playing Diana--wardrobe?)

Don't see it if you're looking for new insights into this story, or if you want songs that will stay with you.Performances are fine.Judy Kaye is magnificent

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
82
Fun, Quirky, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you don't expect a serious autobiography. This is a musical soap opera of a media soap opera, and works splendidly as such. The camp is fun!

Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy a whole song dedicated to Diana breaking up a Camilla-Charles get together. Read more

351 Reviews | 147 Followers
80
Different than expectations the title/topic connotes, Enjoyable and entertaining, Hard-working cast, A deeper, darker tale beneath the window dressing, Fast-paced--sometimes too much so

See it if you don’t mind a semi-silly musical where the greatest assets are sartorial choices and some really fast how’d-they-do-that costume changes.

Don't see it if you find it disturbing that a tragic life of a beloved young icon has been reduced to something jejune, albeit with glimpses of realism. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 17th, 2021

"But if you decide to write a musical about a real woman, known worldwide, who died tragically while still a young mother, something more rigorous is demanded. “Diana,” though, is lazy and thus neither entertaining nor insightful; though audiences talk back to it at will, it’s not even campy fun. It’s just exploitative, doing to the Princess of Wales pretty much what the tabloid press — let alone the monarchy — did to her in the first place."
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Time Out New York
November 17th, 2021

"Diana itself skips over most of its heroine’s very real issues—her eating disorders and suicide attempts are name-checked only briefly—and dwells on the tabloid drama of her Gone with the Windsors romantic entanglements. (“It’s the Thrilla in Manila / But with Diana and Camilla!”) And while it portrays Diana as eager to move beyond the world’s superficial dismissal of her as “a pretty pretty girl in a pretty pretty dress,” it unabashedly elicits applause for costume designer William Ivey Long’s reproductions of her most famous outfits, and gets an early laugh at the expense of Camilla’s appearance. This is shabby stuff, and the laziness of the writing extends to the smallest details."
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Variety
November 17th, 2021

"There is something audacious about this musical’s suggestion that the people’s princess belongs to the people, by way of the popular medium’s basest, bluntest, most blatantly pandering form. Those who’ve watched “Diana” on Netflix, where a filmed version of the stage show was released in October, know it’s unnerving — in the uncanny way of a wax museum come to life, Kool-Aid pulsing through veins instead of blood."
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Deadline
November 17th, 2021

"Diana is a muddle, its few pleasures coming from Jeanna de Waal’s perfectly acceptable singing, a sly turn by the terrific Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, some cool dresses and the scattered unintentional humor that had the crowd response at the reviewed performance, complete with a well-timed “f*ck off” aimed at the arrogant Prince Charles, suggesting the musical might be primed for Rocky Horror-level audience engagement."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 29th, 2021

“A show that purportedly gives voice to a woman scorned and manipulated gleefully surrenders to its inner Jackie Collins, offering up trashy thrills punctuated with assertive power ballads. Strenuously uplifting one moment and deliriously campy the next, Diana is a musical suffering from poor impulse control. For certain show fans, it will be the season's guilty pleasure; you know who you are.”
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New York Stage Review
November 17th, 2021

"I could cite a number of even more cringe-worthy lyrics, but why bother? In truth, Diana isn’t much more insipid than any number of musical hagiographies that have popped up in recent decades, and director Christopher Ashley, to his credit, guides it with a light hand, having fun with the dishier aspects of the story rather than wallowing in the pathos. "
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New York Stage Review
November 17th, 2021

"It is not good. It is not terrible. It is bloodless, procedural, and, in Christopher Ashley’s staging, constantly, exhaustingly turned up to 11. It lacks nearly any wit, poetry, or sense of fun—except in the few moments when the tone shifts, briefly and inexplicably, to camp."
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Broadway News
November 18th, 2021

"To answer the question that absolutely no one with a Netflix account and an interest in Broadway musicals is asking: Why, yes, “Diana, The Musical” is every bit as abysmal as rumored. Social media was briefly aflame with withering descriptions when the show first began streaming in October, so the Broadway opening — long delayed by the pandemic — almost feels like a pointless afterthought. The wedding cake that was flavorless to begin with is now both flavorless and stale."
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