Bon Jovi rocker’s Princess Diana musical heading to Broadway

Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan’s musical about the life of Britain’s Princess Diana is heading to Broadway.
The show, simply titled Diana, is billed as the story of the woman who “rocked the Royals” and “chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless” and stars Broadway veteran Jeanna de Waal.
Diana debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California in February (19), but will now move to Manhattan’s Longacre Theatre on 31 March next year (20), with performances set to begin on 2 March.
“To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege,” de Waal said in a video interview published when her casting in the original production was first announced. “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.”
The musical chronicles Diana’s famously difficult relationship with her husband Charles, his affair with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as her global fame and death in a car crash in Paris, France at the age of just 36 in 1997.
Bryan has co-written the show with Joe DiPietro, with whom he partnered on the rock and roll musical Memphis, which won four Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2010.
Songs will reportedly include Welcome To The Windsors; Here Comes James Hewitt, about the ex-cavalry officer who infamously had an affair with Diana; and one number titled simply, Secrets and Lies.

by WENN

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