A new musical is hitting the Broadway stage and it is all about Princess Diana. The musical, Diana: A True Musical Story, is expected to chronicle Diana’s life from her beginnings in the Royal Family to showing how she changed the landscape of how the royals are perceived. But what is the musical and which other famous royals feature?
Which famous members of The Royal Family appear in Diana: A True Musical Story?
Diana is not the only one to be brought to life, as various supporting cast members also show important figures in the UK’s Royal Family.
Diana herself is played by Jeanna de Waal, a stalwart of the stage who bears a very close likeness to the princess.
Extra to her, however, is a whole host of famous faces from the Royal Family.
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Judy Kaye plays Queen Elizabeth II, while Erin Davie plays Camilla Parker Bowles, and Roe Hartrampf is Prince Charles.
Other than these characters, many other key figures in Diana’s life are also depicted.
Her brother, Edward ‘Johnnie’ Spencer, Barbara Cartland, Diana’s step-grandmother and James Hewitt, who claimed to have had an affair with Diana, are all characterised on stage.
As well as these names, Andrew Morton, a royal biographer and Paul Burrell, the Princess’s butler, are brought to life on the stage, as well as a young Diana.
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What is Diana: A True Musical Story about?
The musical is about the life of Diana but shows her in a very particular light.
The musical begins with Diana being thrust into the limelight as a young woman, married to a royal.
However, it shows how she grows and changes in time, and becomes a powerful woman who is loved by the world over, even after her death.
Jeanna de Waal as Diana
The official synopsis of the show reads: “A princess thrust onto the world stage. The tabloid media captivated by her beauty and vulnerability. The globe’s most celebrated monarchy disrupted.
“This is the story of the most famous woman of the modern age as she struggles to endure a spotlight brighter than any the world had ever known. Leading fiercely with her heart, Princess Diana stood up for her family, her country and herself.
“She defied expectations, she rocked the royals and she created a legacy that will endure forever.”
The musical has been written by Joe DiPietro, who is an American playwright, who worked with Bon Jovi’s David Bryan on the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis.
Jeanna de Waal as Diana
Bryan has written the music, while Christopher Ashley, the Tony winner for his work on Come From Away, is directing.
The previews for the new musical begin on March 2, before it officially opens on March 31.
Tickets can be purchased online at Telecharge, for shows which play at 8pm every night, and again at 2pm on Saturdays for the matinee.
Diana: A True Musical Story will open on Broadway on March 31