By David Vandygriff
A musical interpretation of Princess Diana’s life is in the works. The ‘people’s princess’ died two decades ago, and a special theatre show to mark the anniversary is now in its early stages. The new musical about Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother will simply be called ‘Diana’.
Stars are already lining up to put the musical together according to the New York Post. Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley is set to direct the new show.
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi keyboardist and composer David Bryan will be one of the lead creatives, alongside book writer and lyricist Joe DiPietro. The team previously brought hit musical Memphis to Broadway and the West End.
“We finished the show at the end of last year,” DiPietro told the New York Post. “With some shows, the doors open very quickly. They are opening very quickly with this one. People are fascinated by Diana and her legacy.”
The show will have its first reading at the Reading Festival, Vasser College, New York, where it’s hoped a New York producer will pick the show up. It will then workshop for almost a month at La Jolla Playhouse before hoping to hit Broadway and, in future, the West End.
Princess Diana cared about a number of issues important to the LGBT community, being a staunch advocate of education and treatment around HIV AIDS. She was also a friend of Freddie Mercury and George Michael. The Princess once came perilously close to accidentally revealing George Michael is gay – long before he publicly came out.
A former royal aide’s autobiography ‘On Duty With The Queen’, claimed that Diana, whilst talking about Michael, told a guest the news. At a reception in 1992 she said: “Isn’t it a shame he doesn’t like the ladies?” She didn’t realize that her eight-year-old son, Prince Harry, was close by at the time. When a young Harry asked who they were discussing, Diana quipped: “Shut up, Harry.”