Royal blues: ‘Diana, the Musical’ in final go-round on Broadway

Diana, the musical that chronicles Princess Diana’s relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, is coming to an end on Broadway, the company announced on Thursday. The show, which was an American adaptation of a hit West End production, opened on Dec. 3, 2017. Tickets for the final performance will go on sale on July 7. The run is set to end on Dec. 19.

A spokesperson for the show said that fans of the show who have already seen it should feel free to attend the final performance in person. Performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre will continue on Sunday through Thursday.

The musical has been described as a “modern day musical mash-up of the Di–Hasnat story,” which combined a “tear-jerking, emotionally manipulative and yet deeply beautiful showstopper” called “Nowhere But You” with an appearance by David Hasselhoff. It was directed by Tony Award winner Terry George.

Reviews have been mixed, with the Times‘ Maureen Dowd calling the show “rather unnecessary” for the audience that it’s for. On the other hand, the New York Post‘s Elisabeth Vincentelli called it “heart-pounding.”

Since its Broadway premiere, Diana, the Musical has been seen by more than 600,000 people, including hundreds of press members.

“Diana has been the most wonderful and heartwarming experience of my career,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League. “It has been a gift to have worked with Diana’s family to bring the story of one of the world’s most beloved princesses to life. We were inspired by her resilience, her strength, her courage, her generosity and her sense of grace.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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