Always dreamed of unexpectedly becoming royalty? This may be your chance.
"Diana," a new musical about the dramatic life of Princess Diana, is getting major Broadway buzz from eager producers, Page Six reports. It hasn't yet been cast, and its director wants a new, fresh face for the title role.
Directed by Christopher Ashley, who won a Tony last week for "Come From Away," the show will have its first reading in July at Vassar College's New York Stage and Film -- and expectations are high.
While doing justice to the beloved Princess of Wales is a unique challenge, the show has an all-star team behind it: Beside Ashley are composer David Bryan (who's also the keyboardist for Bon Jovi) and book writer/lyricist Joe DiPietro. Bryan and DePietro have collaborated before, taking home a Tony for their hit "Memphis" in 2010.
Diana Spencer "was a blue blood, she was beautiful and she was a virgin, which was hard to find in 1980s London," DiPietro said. "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 story centers on the royal marriage between Diana and Charles which, as most know, was much bigger than just the two of them: Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla Parker Bowles are also starring characters.
More information about the future of the show will be known in late summer 2017.