Diana on Broadway – a preview
The premiere of “Diana” on Broadway is one of the most anticipated events of 2020. The previews of the musical, dedicated to the life and untimely demise of the beloved British princess will begin on March 2nd in the Longacre Theatre. The lyrics are by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan and Joe DiPietro who wrote the book, too.
The story of Diana, princess of Wells, lovingly know as Lady D, is worthy of a Broadway musical. From her young years and her meeting with Charles, their relations (including his with Camilla Parker Bowles), her relations with the Royal family, especially with the Queen – Mother.
As the story goes
The play is hyped as being realistic with its character presentation and the relations between them. Diana is portrayed as naïve, yet ambitious and adaptive. She has always dreamed of a prince and grabs her opportunity to have one. She is underestimated by the court, even by Charles, but she quickly learns how to “play the game of thrones” and quickly turns his husband’s adultery into her favor. Charles, Prince of Wales is described as loyal and dutiful to the crown and his family, but not to his wife. Diana is widely considered to be the appropriated wife and he can have both her, and his mistress – Camilla Parker Bowles.
He shares his loyalty to his family with his mother – Queen Elizabeth II. As dutiful as a mother can be, she is firmly on his son’s side. She believes that “love evolves and bends/and men take other friends”, and gives advice Charles to be careful – She’s portraying herself as a woman cruelly betrayed by an unaffectionate husband — half the women in England can relate to that scenario.”. Solely with the idea to save the reputation of her Royal family.
Meanwhile, Diana is running wild. She dresses glamorously, takes us various causes (even the growing threat of AIDS). She thrives under media attention.
Sadly, her ending is tragic and untimely.
The four major roles for the Broadway previews have been confirmed. Jeanna de Waal will be Diana, Roe Hartrampf will play Charles, Erin Davie will take the role of Camilla, and Judy Kaye will play Elizabeth. Hartrampf will have his Broadway debut, while de Waal has made some appearances in “Kinky Boots” and “American Idiot”. Erin Davie is more known with her appearance in “Grey Gardens” and “Orange Is the New Black”. Judy Kaye needs no introducing – Carlotta, Morrible, Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna.
Royal families have always been a subject of huge interest. Especially now with the recent “Megxit”.
Tickets are already on sale on BroadwayPass. Hurry before they are over!