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Diana Ross’s Historic Central Park Concert Gets Theatrical Release

Diana Ross is headed to the big screen, with her 1983 Central Park concert headed to 700s screens in the US and will premiere on her birthday, 26 March.

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Diana Ross is headed to the big screen, with her iconic 1983 concert film headed to nearly 700 screens in the US and will premiere on her birthday, 26 March.

The film is part of ‘Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy’ that includes a remastered version of her historic two-night performance at Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York in 1983 along with previously unseen footage and messages from her family including sons Ross Naess and Evan Ross and daughters Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Chudney Ross and the actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

The remastered film will be screened on 26 March to commemorate her 75th birthday, with another screening on 28 March 28, both at 7 pm local time.

Almost half a million people gathered on that fateful rainy evening on 21 July 1983. As a massive thunderstorm rolled in Ross reassured the audience, “It took me a lifetime to get here, and I’m not going anywhere”.

Eventually the storm proved to be too much, and the performance was cut short, with Ross returning to Central Park the next night to continue her show.

The original concert was staged to raise money for a children’s playground and the ensuing film that documented the two performances was later directed by Steve Binder and released on DVD in 2012.

“I envisioned a dream, and that’s what I created over those two days in Central Park,” Ross said in a statement. “I picked a goal, and then imagined all the details. I believe imagination is magical, that we can think of something and bring it into being.”

The legendary singer will also celebrate her birthday with a special performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards on 10 February. Ross will also be launching her new Las Vegas residency, ‘Diamond Diana’, which runs 6 February through the 23rd at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

Visit the official Fathom Events website to see a list of participating theatres and stay tuned for international cinemas and ticket sales that will be announced at a later date.

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