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Broadway Gets Royal Treatment With Princess Diana Musical

Princess Diana

A new musical about the less-than-idyllic marriage of Princess Diana to Prince Charles is headed to Broadway following its successful premiere at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse earlier this year, according to Playbill.

The musical Diana, from the team behind Memphis — Joe Di Pietro (book and lyrics) and composer and lyricist David Bryan — is directed by La Jolla Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. It heads to Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (which was home to The Prom until it closed Sunday) in March of next year.   

Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots, American Idiot) reprises the role of the Princess of Wales that she originated at La Jolla. Other cast members from Diana’s premiere production who are headed to Broadway include Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie (Side Show on Broadway) as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Mamma Mia!) as Queen Elizabeth.

The show's synopsis, according to the La Jolla Playhouse site, is as follows:

“In 1981, an assistant kindergarten teacher married the Prince of Wales and, overnight, became the most famous woman in the world. But behind the fairytale, there was a troubled marriage and a young woman struggling to find her voice. Facing an entrenched monarchy and unprecedented media scrutiny, Princess Diana surprises everyone —including herself — as she grows into a global phenomenon and manages to change the world.”

Tags: Theater, Broadway

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