A new musical based on the life of the late Princess Diana is set to hit New York’s Broadway next year and fans are seriously excited.
Aptly named Diana, the musical is being described by its creators as a story of the woman who ‘rocked the Royals’ and ‘chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless.’
As confirmed by Deadline, the musical will debut at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre in March 2020, so royal fans should start planning their spring trip to New York City now.
Written by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan (the team behind Memphis), Diana will see actress Jeanna de Waal (who Broadway fans may recognise from American Idiot and Kinky Boots) take the lead role as the Princess of Wales.
The rest of the cast will consist of Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth II.
So, what can we expect to see?
‘It’s 1981 and the world is ready for a royal wedding — but is the 20-year-old bride ready for what comes after?’ the synopsis asks.
‘Following her fairytale union, Princess Diana faces a distant husband, an unmovable monarchy and constant media scrutiny. But her unabashed honesty, modern perspective and gentle compassion galvanize a nation, even as it threatens the royal family’s hold on England.’
Diana will feature music by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, who won two Tony Awards for his stage show Memphis in 2010.
The Broadway debut won’t be the first launch of the musical, as the original ran at California’s La Jolla Playhouse for the 2018–19 season, starring the same cast.
At the time, critics at The Hollywood Reporter said that the musical ‘seems to have many of the pieces needed for a hit.’ So we’ve definitely got high hopes for the Broadway debut!