A Musical About Princess Diana Is Set To Open On Broadway In 2020


A musical concerning the lifetime of Princess Diana is Broadway-bound. 

Directed by Christopher Ashley, “Diana” is scheduled to open at New York’s Longacre Theatre subsequent March. It follows the lifetime of the “Folks’s Princess” (performed by Jeanna de Waal) throughout her turbulent 15-year marriage to Prince Charles (Roe Hartrampf), culminating in her 1997 dying on the age of 36. 

“Thrust right into a highlight brighter than any the world had ever recognized, Diana quickly finds herself at odds together with her husband, an unrelenting information media, and the monarchy itself,” a synopsis of the present despatched to HuffPost and different media retailers reads. “Main fiercely together with her coronary heart, Princess Diana stands up for her household, her nation and herself, whereas managing to seize the hearts of the world.”

“She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and he or she created a legacy that may endure endlessly,” the press be aware concludes. 

From the sounds of it, “Diana” ― which debuted this spring on the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego ― takes a number of cues from “Evita,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 musical about Argentina’s legendary first girl, Eva Perón.

Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf star as Princess Diana and Prince Charles in "Diana," a musical to open on Broadwa

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Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf star as Princess Diana and Prince Charles in “Diana,” a musical to open on Broadway in 2020.

It additionally boasts a formidable pedigree. David Bryan, who co-wrote the rating, is the longtime keyboardist for Bon Jovi. He and Joe DiPietro are additionally the creators of the 2009 hit, “Memphis,” which gained 4 Tony Awards. 

In 2017, Ashley acquired a Tony Award for steering “Come From Away,” which continues to play to sold-out crowds on Broadway. 

The San Diego manufacturing, nevertheless, acquired combined critiques.

“The present doesn’t work however that hardly issues lately for a musical that may draw within the vacationer plenty,” Los Angeles Occasions critic Charles McNulty wrote, including that the rating sounded “dated.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s assessment was extra beneficiant, saying that the musical “appears to have most of the items wanted for successful” regardless of “flaws.” 

For London-born de Waal, whose Broadway credit embody “Kinky Boots” and “American Fool,” bringing Diana to life is a dream come true. 

“I hope individuals who come to see ‘Diana’ that didn’t find out about her and weren’t conscious of her journey depart the theater with an thought of what she did for the world and the adjustments she made,” she stated in a March interview. “She’s nonetheless such an enormous a part of our zeitgeist … I feel we need to rejoice her.”

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