Diana musical at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway
Tickets are now on sale for Diana at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway.
Until her tragic and untimely death on August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, was the most famous woman on the planet and attracted media attention like no other. Her struggles within the British royal family and her fraught marriage to Charles, the Prince of Wales, have been well-documented… but never on the Broadway stage. That is, until now.
The new musical Diana explores the rocky love triangle between the Prince and Princess of Wales and Charles’ first love, Camilla Parker Bowles. The tuner also examines her tricky relationship with both the United Kingdom’s monarch (and her mother-in-law), Queen Elizabeth II, and the country’s boulevard press, and the way in which she would ultimately become ‘The People’s Princess.’
The writers behind Diana, Joe DiPietro and Bon Jovi member David Bryan, enjoyed phenomenal success with their first Broadway venture. The duo wrote the book, music and lyrics for the smash hit musical Memphis, which went on to win the 2010 Tony Awards for ‘Best Musical,’ ‘Best Book of a Musical,’ ‘Best Original Score Written for the Theatre,’ and ‘Best Orchestrations.’ Can their next Broadway musical follow in its predecessor’s footsteps and win the hearts of the people, just as Diana herself did? Time will tell…
Diana staged its world premiere production with a sold-out, extended engagement at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego from February through April 2019. Reprising their respective roles for the original company of the Broadway transfer are Jeanna de Waal as the titular Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth II.
Get ready to discover the lady, the princess, the mother and the icon anew with Diana on Broadway!
This is the story of the most famous woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. Thrust into a spotlight brighter than any the world had ever known, Diana soon finds herself at odds with her husband, an unrelenting news media, and the monarchy itself. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stands up for her family, her country and herself, while managing to capture the hearts of the world. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.
Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro and Music & Lyrics by David Bryan
Grove Entertainment (Beth Williams), Frank Marshall and The Araca Group
William Ivey Long
Jeanna de Waal (as Diana, Princess of Wales), Roe Hartrampf (as Prince Charles), Erin Davie (as Camilla Parker Bowles), Judy Kaye (as Queen Elizabeth), Tessa Alves, Zach Adkins, Ashley Andrews, Austen Danielle Bohmer, Holly Ann Butler, Stephen Carrasco, Bruce Dow, Richard Gatta, Lauren E.J. Hamilton, Emma Hearn, Shaye Hopkins, Andre Jordan, Gareth Keegan, Nathan Lucrezio, Tomas Matos, Chris Medlin, Laura Stracko, and Bethany Ann Tesarck.
Music Supervision & Arrangements by Ian Eisendrath and Orchestrations by John Clancy
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Royal fans should head to NYC as a Princess Diana musical is coming to Broadway
Diana, the musical about the late Princess of Wales, will debut at Broadway's Longacre Theatrein March, following a successful run in California's La Jolla Playhouse last year. Opening with the royal wedding in 1981, the musical focuses on Diana's relationship with Charles, his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, and the constant media scrutiny surrounding the princess in the spotlight.
"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 galvanises a nation, even as it threatens the royal family's hold on England," says the synopsis.
Reprising their performances from the La Jolla run will be British actress Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth II.
"To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege," de Waal told Marie Claire. "I feel very daunted by the prospect, but I hope people who didn’t know about her and weren’t aware of her journey leave the theatre with an idea of what she did for the world. She made everyone feel special, from the highest person to the lowest-ranking person, and I think we want to celebrate her."
There's rarely a time when Diana isn't in the spotlight but now seems particularly timely the relentless press pursuit of Meghan Markle, and the news that Meghan and Harry are attempting to distance themselves from the monarchy.
Previews of Diana on Broadway begin on 2 March, and the official opening night is 31 March. The team includes writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, who were behind the Tony Award-winning show Memphis, and director Christopher Ashley, who won the Best Direction Tony for Come from Away.