Pardon Me? There's a Princess Diana Musical in the Works???

Photo: AP Images.
Photo: AP Images.

The royals are BACK, baby. How BACK are the royals? Well, there is currently a musical about Princess Diana in the works.

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Playbill reports that California’s La Jolla Playhouse will host the world premiere of Diana, a musical about Princess Diana, during the 2018-2019 season. (La Jolla is the sort of venue where shows are often launched and developed before ultimately moving to Broadway.) Diana is the work of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, who won a Tony for their 2010 musical Memphis, and Christopher Ashley—who also won a Tony, for Come From Away—will direct. According to Broadway.com:

Diana is set in 1981 and finds the world ready for a royal wedding—but is the 20-year-old bride ready for what comes after? 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 galvanizes a nation, even as it threatens the royal family’s hold on England. Diana will feature an eclectic original score, from classical melodies to 1980s-inspired pop and rock music.

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I won’t even pretend like I’m not going to buy tickets to any forthcoming Broadway production the instant they go on sale.

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

Jerry-Netherland
Jerry-Netherland

This somehow seems inevitable, but are we not burying the lede here? At the bottom of the Diana The Musical article is the announcement of the forthcoming Broadway debut of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

She’d been working on a Broadway musical for years before her untimely death in 2012, and if anyone’s catalogue is perfect for theatre, it’s Donna Summer’s (plenty of songs in different styles to maintain a well balanced score; disco, ballads, rock, etc). Hopefully the book will do it justice; hers was certainly an interesting life.

https://www.broadway.com/buzz/190687/summer-the-donna-summer-musical-will-arrive-on-broadway/