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Princess Diana musical coming to Broadway


Princess Diana (left) will be played by Jeanna de Waal (right) on Broadway. (Antonio Cotrim/AFP & Noam Galai/Wireimage for GettyImages)

The People’s Princess — who lived her life on the world stage — is coming to the Broadway stage.

A new musical based on the life of Princess Diana will open on Broadway next spring.

Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley — of “Come From Away” fame — will helm “Diana,” which had its world premiere in California in March.

Joe DiPietro handed the book and lyrics, while Bon Jovi’s keyboard player David Bryan worked on music and also contributed lyrics. The writers were the masterminds behind 2010’s multiple Tony Award-winning “Memphis.”

Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf as Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf as Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

The show will take audiences on a journey about the life and times of the former kindergarten teacher who instantly became a global icon after marrying — and later scandalously divorcing — Charles, Prince of Wales. Power ballads and ’80s-inflected pop sounds, along with all the drama, will be featured in the show, which had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

British actress Jeanna de Waal, who originated the role of Diana, will also lead the cast on Broadway. Her previous credits include replacement roles in productions of “Kinky Boots” and “American Idiot.”

Roe Hartrampf, who also appeared with de Waal in the show’s La Jolla run, will portray Prince Charles. Erin Davie will portray Charles’ current wife Camilla Parker Bowles, and two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye will be Queen Elizabeth.

Diana is a new musical coming to Broadway in 2020.

The Princess of Wales, 36, and her companion Dodi Fayed, 42, tragically died in 1997 in a car crash in Paris as they were pursued by paparazzi. Their driver, Henri Paul, 41, also died. French prosecutors later determined Paul was drunk, and that their car was traveling 121 mph when it crashed.

Diana was known for her charity work, and in particular, advocating for those with AIDS and the removal of landmines.

“There’s a lot of things I’ve learned about Diana since we’ve been developing the show and I really wasn’t aware of the full impact she had on the world,” de Waal said. “And there’s a lot of things that I’ve learned about her personally, particularly thought darker aspects of her life.

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“I hope people who come to see ‘Diana’ who 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,” de Waal said.

Performances will begin March 2, 2020 at the Longacre Theatre.