Princess Diana is heading to Broadway, well at least a musical about Diana is. After an acclaimed run at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, the musical ‘Diana’ will officially open at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre on March 31st 2020, with performances set to begin on March 2nd.
Jeanna de Waal will make the transition to Broadway as Diana, with Roe Hartrampf also returning as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth II.
“To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege,” de Waal said in a video interview published when her casting was first announced last year.
“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 to the lowest-ranking person, and I think we want to celebrate her.”
The musical chronicles Diana’s famously tempestuous relationship with Charles, his affair with Camilla, and her immense global fame before her death in 1997.
There has rarely been a time in the last 30 years when Diana and her memory have not been in the spotlight, but now seems like a particularly apt moment.
Meghan Markel has joined the Royal Family, even more of an outsider than Diana was in 1980, and Prince Harry frequently mentions his mother with reference to his own charitable work. And then there is the third season of The Crown arriving in November to fuel the royal frenzy even more.