An “acclaimed” new musical about the life of Princess Diana is heading to Broadway next spring. Diana, an original musical, will move to New York City’s Longacre Theatre after a successful run last year at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. Set in 1981, the musical follows the Princess of Wales as she prepares to marry into the Royal Family.
The production also explores the aftermath of Diana and Charles’ marriage, including his affair with Camilla and Diana’s relationship with the press.
Diana was written by Tony-award winning pair Joe DiPietro and David Bryan.
Mr DiPietro previously explained in a London Theatre interview how he and his writing partner came up with the inspiration to turn Diana’s life into a musical.
He said: “I was reading a book about her and I thought, ‘This is an amazing story about an amazing woman’.
Diana the musical will be opening in March 2020 on Broadway
“She has this aspirational aspect to her where she really wanted to do good.
“I asked around to see if anyone was doing it — no one was — so David and I just jumped into it.”
He added the four main characters in the plot are Diana, Charles, Camilla and the Queen.
Jeanna de Waal will be reprising her role next spring as Diana after the show became an instant sold-out hit.
Ms de Waal told NBC: “It’s a privilege and an honour, obviously, to play a role that is so fleshed out and so well written and that has such a detailed journey throughout the play.”
In a video interview for the La Jolla Playhouse she said: “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.”
Diana will hold its opening night on March 31 in 2020.