Remembering Diana — The Princess For All People Is Now A Musical!By Delaina Dixon | November 17, 2021 | Entertainment
Diana Frances Spencer would have turned 60 in 2021. She was the “people’s princess” and in her short life made an impact on people of every race and color. Her bravery to marry into the monarchy — and then take it on so her true voice could be heard — paved the way for modern-day Duchess Meaghan Markle, who also used her voice to expose the anguish that can come with being a royal bride. DivaGalsDaily dives into several projects that’s exploring the princess’ impact on the world.
First up is Diana, The Musical, which explores Princess Diana‘s fairy-tale wedding turned reality-show threesome marriage. We meet Diana when she’s just a shy teen listening to Duran Duran — and marries a prince by 20. There’s only one problem — Prince Charles is already in love, with his first love, the now very-married Camilla Parker Bowles, and his own vows aren’t going to stop him from having a very public side piece.
Told through an upbeat tempo reminiscent of hits from the 1980s, we see Diana from her wedding dress right through to her F-you dress on the day Charles announced his infidelity to the world, and many of the most iconic outfits Lady Di wore in-between (and yes, they are as colorful and sparkly and bold as you would want them to be on the Broadway stage!). Diana, the Musical has many fun elements: songs you can tap your foot to, lightning-fast costume changes, lots of cheeky one-liners about dealing with the monarchy, a shirtless riding coach on a horse and one of the hardest working Broadway choruses that sing, dance and make a helluva lot of costume changes, from paparazzi trench coats to early ’90s streetwear. The DivaGals were also pleased to see actors of color working the stage in major and minor roles, including Anthony Murphy who currently plays Diana’s royal aide and gets to sing about “that” dress.
Is the musical a bit of bubble gum camp? Sure it is! But somehow, I think Princess Diana would feel that if her life story is told in song, it should have a rocking pop soundtrack. Diana, The Musical, officially opens on Broadway on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Longarce Theater.
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