Christopher Ashley-Directed DIANA to Make Royal Entrance on Broadway?
DIANA, directed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley (COME FROM AWAY) and featuring music and lyrics by David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, will be part of this year's Reading Festival at New York Stage and Film at Vassar College. Broadway producers are expected to be in attendance. A three week workshop will follow this fall at La Jolla Playhouse.
DiPietro told the Post that he got the idea for the musical while reading Tina Brown's 'The Diana Chronicles.' "She was a blue blood, she was beautiful and she was a virgin, which was hard to find in 1980s London," DiPietro explains. "She was manipulated, used and misunderstood, but she rose to the occasion and then used her popularity to gain power. The royals never thought this uneducated woman could accomplish what she did. I thought she'd make a wonderful lead character in a musical."
The musical will center on the royal marriage. Other characters in the play will include Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla Bowles. Casting is currently underway with plans to find a "fresh face" to take on the titular role. Bryan's score is described as a mix of '80's pop, punk rock, classical and traditional musical theater. Among the songs will be "A Pretty Girl in a Pretty Dress", which explains the moment that Diana realized her unique grace and charm could capture the adoration of the British people, and the world.
DiPietro also hints that a Broadway production of the show would include extravagant and luxurious sets and costumes. "This is a woman who used style and fashion to gain power," he jokes. "We won't skimp!"
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