What with Prince Andrew wanted in connection with Jeffrey Epstein and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry defecting to Canada, the royals have never been more in the news. Now is the perfect time for Diana: A True Musical Story, to opens on Broadway. This March at the Longacre Theatre the tale of the world’s most beloved Princess becomes a new musical.
Yesterday the cast and creatives invited the press to tea at the Madison Room at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue. Tea, finger sandwiches, macaroons, scones, pastries and champagne greeted the attendees. as a royal performance was given.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana were interviewed by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s daughter, Royal Correspondent Imogen Lloyd Webber.
A royal performance of the opening number “Underestimated” was given.
Originating at the La Jolla Playhouse in California and this spring, it will play at the Longacre Theatre to a much larger audience.
Jeanne de Waal takes on Diana Princess of Wales. She has been with the show since La Jolla Playhouse.
Roe Hartrampf inhabits Prince Charles.
Erin Davie is Camilla Parker Bowles
and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye is Queen Elizabeth.
Christopher Ashley, who won a Tony award for his work on Come From Away, directs
The music and book are by David Bryan and Joe DiPetro, who won a Tony together for Memphis in 2010. (Bryan is also the keyboardist for Bon Jovi.)
Kelly Devine, the choreographer from Come From Away’s is handling the musical staging and choreographing.
The script gets its inspiration from Diana’s interviews, Tina Brown’s The Diana Chronicle, as well as her life story. The show is centered around her personal life, and the famous love triangle between Diana, Camilla, and Charles.
While the musical, which features plenty of pop-rock numbers will epilogue using Diana’s 1997 death in a Paris car crash.
Diana’s infamous “revenge dress” that plunging black Christina Stambolian gown that she wore to the Serpentine Gallery summer party in 1994, the same night that Prince Charles confessed to his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles in a televised documentary is featured in “A Pretty Girl in a Pretty Dress.” Tony award winning William Ivey Long has created 39 looks for Diana to wear on stage.
Clothing turned out to be her weapon of choice.