Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Forget “The Crown”! Princess Diana Musical is Coming to Broadway Next Spring, and it’s Not Called “Candle in the Wind”


We just can’t get enough of those British royals!

“The Crown” is returning in November. And every day Prince Harry and Megan Markle are in the news if they sneeze, or wear paisley.

Now the tragic saga of Princess Diana, Harry’s late mother, is coming to Broadway from its premiere at the LaJolla Playhouse in San Diego. No, it’s not called “Candle in the Wind.” It’s a musical, called “Diana,” and it hits town at the Longacre Theater on March 2, 2020 with an opening night of March 31st.

Jeanna de Waal, acclaimed for her performance in the title role when the show premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse, will lead the cast on Broadway. She will be joined by Roe Hartrampf as “Prince Charles,”  Erin Davie as “Camilla Parker Bowles,” and two-time Tony Award-winner Judy Kaye as “Queen Elizabeth,” all of whom will be reprising their roles for Broadway. Christopher Ashley is directing, and the music is from Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, and Joe DiPietro. They wrote the songs for the musical, “Memphis.”

I am hopeful that there will be a song called “I Want to Be Your Tampon,” which is what Charles said to Camilla and was then parodied on “SNL.” Also hoping for characters based on James Hewitt, and Dodi Fayed, Diana’s two main boyfriends from her time in the sun.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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