A Princess Diana musical is coming to the La Jolla Playhouse for the opening 2018-2019 season. Writer-lyricist Joe DiPietro and songwriter David Bryan –who earned a Tony for their musical Memphis– wrote it. Another Tony winner, Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), will direct.
We know that it’ll be beautiful to look at, as Tony award-winning Broadway legend, William Ivey Long is slated to design the costumes.
Simply called Diana, the musical is set in 1981, right before the royal wedding and of course includes the big 3 M’s of the monarchy —media, marriage, and modernity. Broadway.com says that its score is more “eclectic” but includes classical works as well as,
“80s-inspired pop and rock music.”
That could be really great or really awful. More likely, the latter, but don’t worry, just commenting I’m not pre-judging, Judy.
Diana’s life as a musical has been attempted before with mediocre results. Without hearing a note of Princess Diana or Call Me Diana, the graphics alone (below) give me a good idea of the taste level at work.
But unlike those productions, the La Jolla Playhouse has often acted as an incubator for Broadway, and 30 shows created and retooled there have gone on to the Great White Way.
No specific dates announced as of yet, and there’s not any casting news to report, except that rumor has it that the same actress with play both Queen Elizabeth II AND Barbara Cartland.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.
(Photo, YouTube; via Vanity Fair)