Broadway to host new stage musical about the life and times of Princess Diana

Broadway to host new stage musical about the life and times of Princess Diana
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Posted on 14 Aug 2019

A stage musical about Princess Diana is set to hit Broadway next spring.


Billed as the story of the woman who ‘rocked the Royals’ and ‘chose to be fearless, and as a result became timeless’, the show is simply titled Diana and will star Kinky Boots performer Jeanna de Waal as the Princess of Wales.

According to the BBC, songs reportedly featured in the production include: Snap, Click, which focuses on the paparazzi; Welcome To The Windsors; Secrets And Lies; and Here Comes James Hewitt, a number about the ex-cavalry officer with whom Diana had an affair.


Diana has been enjoying a pre-Broadway run in San Diego, with the Los Angeles Times saying that the show was ‘no more British than The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’.

The paper also noted: ‘The tone is ironic, the pulse is fast-moving and the tragic ending isn't milked for tears. The show doesn't work, but that hardly matters these days for a musical that can draw in the tourist masses.’


The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, said: ‘While the Royals themselves may be aghast at the thought of actors portraying them half-naked in bed on a stage, the British public would probably eat it up.’

The show will officially open on Broadway on 31 March next year.


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