The late Princess Diana has been a beloved figure across the world for decades, and now, audiences will be able to share some of her magic when a new Broadway musical, Diana, hits the stage in 2020.
Diana will begin previews at New York City’s Longacre Theater on March 2, 2020, followed by an opening on March 31. The show, which ran earlier this year at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, will be directed by Tony Award-winning director of Come From Away Christopher Ashley, with a book by Memphis writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf, who played Diana and Prince Charles during the run at La Jolla, will continue their roles on Broadway. They will be joined by Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.
Fans can experience the journey of Diana as she prepares to marry into the royal family back in 1981. The show will delve into the aftermath of her marriage to Price Charles, his affair with Camilla, and her relationship with the press.
“When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, she instantly became a cultural phenomenon,” Diana‘s website states. “Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stood up for her family, her country and herself. She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.”
The show will join other recently-announced original musicals, like Six, which will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in February, and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, set to run for a limited time from October to January at the Longacre. These new musicals follow the closing of several fan-favorites including Be More Chill, The Prom, The Cher Show, and Pretty Woman.