Diana: A New Musical, a theatrical piece that tells the true story of Lady Diana Spencer who would go on to marry Britain’s Prince Charles and become everyone’s favorite princess, is heading to Broadway. Previews for the musical will begin at the Longacre Theatre on March 2, 2020, with an opening set for March 31. The musical transfers to Broadway after a successful run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse.
Diana: A New Musical will have a book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get it) and music by David Bryan (Memphis). The duo will collaborate on the lyrics. Tony-winning director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) is set to helm the piece, with Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages, Come From Away) providing the choreography. Music supervision and arrangements will be handled by Ian Eisendrath.
Carryover casting from the La Jolla production include Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots) as Diana Spencer, Roe Hartrampfasas as Prince Charles, and Erin Davie (Side Show) as Camilla Parker Bowles. Tony winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera, Nice Work If You Can Get It) will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth.
The balance of the creative team for Diana: A New Musical includes ill feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Gareth Owen, and orchestrations by John Clancy.
According to the musical’s website, the show is described as follows: “Diana is the electrifying new musical about a woman who chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless. When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, she instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stood up for her family, her country and herself. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.”
More details about casting will be forthcoming as details take shape.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.