It’s just been announced that a Princess Diana musical is coming to a theater near you in 2019. The piece of theatre, aptly titled Diana, will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in California next February. The majority of the musical will focus on Diana in her twenties, and explore her relationship with Prince Charles, his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles and Diana’s relationship with the press.
The official synopsis reads: “It’s 1981 and the world is hungry for a royal wedding — but is the 20-year-old bride prepared for what comes after? Following her fairytale union, Princess Diana faces a distant husband, an unmovable monarchy and overwhelming media scrutiny. But her modern perspective and remarkable compassion galvanizes a nation, even as it threatens the royal family’s hold on England.”
The writer Joe DiPietro told Playbill that songs include a showstopper tune called “A Girl In A Pretty Dress.” “I gave them musical characters to differentiate,” he revealed.
“Diana is pop-rock, royalty is string quartet, we have paparazzi as punk guitars and we try to make all those roles live on top of each other.”