A musical concerning the lifetime of Princess Diana is Broadway-bound.
Directed by Christopher Ashley, “Diana” is scheduled to open at New York’s Longacre Theatre subsequent March. It follows the lifetime of the “People’s Princess” (performed by Jeanna de Waal) throughout her turbulent 15-year marriage to Prince Charles (Roe Hartrampf), culminating in her 1997 loss of life on the age of 36.
“Thrust into a spotlight brighter than any the world had ever known, Diana soon finds herself at odds with her husband, an unrelenting news media, and the monarchy itself,” a synopsis of the present despatched to HuffPost and different media retailers reads. “Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stands up for her family, her country and herself, while managing to capture the hearts of the world.”
“She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever,” the press observe concludes.
From the sounds of it, “Diana” ― which debuted this spring on the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego ― takes a number of cues from “Evita,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 musical about Argentina’s legendary first woman, Eva Perón.
It additionally boasts a formidable pedigree. David Bryan, who co-wrote the rating, is the longtime keyboardist for Bon Jovi. He and Joe DiPietro are additionally the creators of the 2009 hit, “Memphis,” which received 4 Tony Awards.
In 2017, Ashley acquired a Tony Award for steering “Come From Away,” which continues to play to sold-out crowds on Broadway.
The San Diego manufacturing, nonetheless, acquired combined critiques.
“The show doesn’t work but that hardly matters these days for a musical that can draw in the tourist masses,” Los Angeles Instances critic Charles McNulty wrote, including that the rating sounded “dated.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s evaluation was extra beneficiant, saying that the musical “seems to have many of the pieces needed for a hit” regardless of “flaws.”
For London-born de Waal, whose Broadway credit embrace “Kinky Boots” and “American Idiot,” bringing Diana to life is a dream come true.
“I hope people who come to see ‘Diana’ that didn’t know about her and weren’t aware of her journey leave the theater with an idea of what she did for the world and the changes she made,” she stated in a March interview. “She’s still such a huge part of our zeitgeist … I think we want to celebrate her.”
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