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Diana (musical)

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Diana
MusicDavid Bryan
LyricsDavid Bryan
Joe DiPietro
BookJoe DiPietro
BasisThe life of Diana, Princess of Wales
Productions2019 La Jolla Playhouse
2021 Broadway
2023 London concert

Diana is a musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, and a book by DiPietro, based on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. A filmed performance was added to the streaming service Netflix on October 1, 2021, to negative reviews.

Plot

Act 1

In 1980, 19 year old Lady Diana Spencer attends a party thrown by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace and meets Camilla Parker Bowles, Charles' mistress ("Underestimated"). Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II is looking for Charles to get married, and he brings up Diana as a possibility, although he has recently broken off a relationship with her older sister Sarah. The Queen encourages Charles to begin the courting process, as she believes Diana would be perfect for what the staff calls ("The Worst Job in England").

Charles sends Diana a necklace and invites her to a performance by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. There, she meets Camilla again and starts to become a lot more suspicious of her and her relationship with Charles. While the performance is going on, she imagines a more punk-rock version of the concert, more in line with her interests ("This Is How Your People Dance"). After the performance, as Camilla watches Charles and Diana leave, Camilla ponders that Diana is the people’s idea of a princess. (“That Is How You People Danced”)

The press takes note of Diana's growing relationship with Charles and starts hounding her ("Snap, Click"). Charles is still unsure about marrying Diana, but the Queen tells him that he can keep his close relationship with Camilla while marrying Diana. Charles proposes to her, but tells Camilla he will break it off if that's what she wants. Camilla tells Charles to go ahead with the wedding, and he assures her he will be there for her. A nervous Diana moves in to Buckingham Palace ("Whatever Love Means Anyway"). Soon after, despite some reservations from Diana, she and Charles get married ("I Will"). Camilla's husband Andrew, having affairs of his own, assures Camilla that they will make their own complicated marriage work ("I Will (Tag)").

Diana's first public appearance happens in Wales, and even though the townsfolk are skeptical at first, they, as well as the whole country, become enamored with Diana. Charles starts to become jealous of Diana's newfound fame ("The World Fell in Love"). Camilla tells Charles that Andrew has cut off all his other relations, hoping to reignite their own marriage, and Camilla breaks up the affair, saying she would be the most hated woman in England if she was found out. (“You Do Your Duty”) Diana tells Charles that she is pregnant (“A Baby, Charles)” and soon after their son William is born. Diana walks in on Charles talking sweetly on the phone to Camilla, who he hasn't talked to in months. Camilla says that Andrew is being stationed more and more overseas. Diana is very hurt by Charles' lack of affection towards her and becomes depressed, even after having their second child, Harry. This culminates in her smashing a window with her hand ("Simply Breathe").

Sarah convinces Diana to fight back and do more with her power, so she decides to become more and more involved with charity, leading to even more popularity, especially after a surprise performance at the Royal Ballet Christmas Gala ("She Moves in the Most Modern Ways"). Charles is enraged at this and reminds Diana that her only achievement is marrying him (“The Rage"). Diana realizes this might be the end of any hope of love in her marriage ("As I Love You"). Charles visits Camilla late at night and she says she still loves him and would like to continue their affair ("I Miss You Most on Sundays"). Diana decides to use the press and newfound popularity to get back at Charles and fight back against the norms of British society. Despite Charles' attempt to fight back, she succeeds and becomes more popular ("A Pretty, Pretty Girl").

Act 2

Barbara Cartland, novelist and Diana's step-grandmother, introduces the audience to James Hewitt, a war hero who has recently come home. He and Diana begin their own affair ("Here Comes James Hewitt"). Barbara notes that the two affairs between Diana and James as well as Charles and Camilla are filled with more love and happiness than Charles and Diana's marriage ("Him and Her and Him and Her”). Diana tries to talk to Charles, but he wants to “(Just Dance)”. Charles' valet Colin lets him know of Diana and James' relationship, but he decides to let it go as he is happy with Camilla.

Despite Charles’ worries, Diana goes to a clinic for AIDS patients and bonds with the men there ("Secrets and Lies"). Soon after, Diana learns from Sarah that Charles and Camilla go out almost every night with their friends, and Diana decides to crash a party for Camilla's sister. At the party, their friends, usually bored by Charles, are excited that they get to witness ("The Main Event") which leads to a confrontation between Diana, Camilla, and Charles. On the car ride home, Charles reveals he knows about Diana's relationship with James, which he says he doesn't care about and that the boys will be fine as long as they both love them ("Whatever Love Means Anyway (Reprise)"). Diana is excited to tell James, but he reveals that he has been stationed in Germany and will be there for two years. (“I Do My Duty”) Diana, suspecting Charles, vows to get revenge ("Pretty, Pretty Girl (Reprise)”). The press increasingly hounds Charles about his failing marriage ("Snap, Click (Reprise)”). Diana contacts Andrew Morton, a writer who is writing a book on her, and agrees to give anonymous quotes to him, bashing Charles, Camilla, and the monarchy. The book is published and is the talk of the country ("The Words Came Pouring Out").

Charles tries to get the Queen to meet Camilla, but she refuses. Charles decides to go on TV, tell the truth about his affair, and try to win back some favour from the public ("I Miss You Most on Sundays (Reprise)"). Diana learns about the interview from Paul, her butler and friend, who comes up with the idea that she draw attention away from it by wearing a "F-You" Dress ("The Dress"). As the Palace Staff laments, ("Staff Quartet") The Queen agrees to a divorce between Diana and Charles. She laments that it didn't work out while reflecting on her own marriage ("An Officer's Wife"), and tells Diana "don't be foolish". Diana is excited to start a new life with her boys, but it is tragically cut short by a car accident. Charles and the company tell the audience that "the people who will change the world are not the ones you think will change the world." ("If (Light of the World)”)

Musical numbers

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Broadway

† Not featured on the cast recording

London

Act I
  • "Prologue" - Ensemble
  • "Underestimated" - Diana and Ensemble
  • "The Worst Job In England" - Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Charles and Ensemble
  • "This Is How You People Dance" - Diana, Young Diana, Charles and Ensemble
  • "This Was How You People Danced" - Diana
  • "Snap Click" - Ensemble
  • "Whatever Love Means Anyway" - Charles, Camilla and Ensemble
  • "I Will" - Diana, Young Diana and Ensemble
  • "The World Fell In Love" - Queen Elizabeth, Charles, Camilla and Ensemble
  • "A Baby" - Young Diana
  • "She Moves In The Most Modern Ways" - Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Sarah and Ensemble
  • "Diana (The Rage)" - Charles
  • "As I Love You" - Diana, Young Diana
  • "I Miss You Most On Sundays" - Charles and Camilla
  • "Pretty, Pretty Girl" -Diana, Charles and Camilla
Act II
  • "Here Comes James Hewitt" - James Hewitt and Ensemble
  • "Him and Her" - Diana and James Hewitt
  • "Just Dance" - Diana, Young Diana, Charles, Camilla, James Hewitt and Ensemble
  • "The Main Event" - Diana, Charles, Camilla and Ensemble
  • "Whatever Love Means Anyway (Reprise)" - Charles
  • "Pretty, Pretty Girl (Reprise) - Diana
  • "The Words Came Pouring Out" - Diana, Charles, Camilla and Ensemble
  • "The Dress" - Diana and Ensemble
  • "Palace Staff Quartet" - Ensemble
  • "An Officer’s Wife" - Queen Elizabeth and Ensemble
  • "If" - Diana and Ensemble

Casting

Character San Diego Broadway London
2019 2021 2023
Princess Diana Jeanna de Waal Kerry Ellis
Camilla Parker Bowles Erin Davie Alice Fearn
Prince Charles Roe Hartrampf Andy Coxon
Queen Elizabeth II / Barbara Cartland Judy Kaye Denise Welch
Sarah Spencer Holly Ann Butler Aleyna Mohanraj
Paul Burrell Bruce Dow Anthony Murphy n/a
James Hewitt Gareth Keegan Jay Perry
Andrew Morton Nathan Lucrezio n/a
Andrew Parker Bowles n/a Zach Adkins n/a
Colin Jamen Nanthakumar André Jordan n/a
Graham Evan Duff Chris Medlin n/a
Johnnie Spencer Eric Coles n/a
Young Diana Lauren Livia Muehl n/a Maiya Quansah-Breed

Productions

Previews for Diana began on February 19, 2019, at the La Jolla Playhouse. The world premiere of Diana opened the following month on March 3. The limited run was extended twice and closed on April 14, 2019. The production was directed by Christopher Ashley with choreography by Kelly Devine. Costumes were designed by William Ivey Long and Nic Rackow, Scenic design was designed by David Zinn, Lighting was designed by Natasha Katz, and Sound was designed by Gareth Owen. The production's orchestrations were composed by John Clancy.

Following the La Jolla production, the producers continued workshopping the musical. The production was eventually picked up and began previews at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway on March 2, 2020 with the same directing team.

The show was planned to open on March 31, 2020, but on March 12 the show suspended production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 30, 2021, it was announced the show would resume previews on December 1, with an official opening set for December 16. On May 14, 2021, it was announced that previews would begin on November 2, with an opening night set for November 17, nearly a month earlier than initially announced.The New York Times reported that the show played to 51 percent capacity and grossed $374,000 in the week ending December 12, 2021. The show closed on December 19 after a total of 33 performances and 16 previews.

As of January 11, 2023, the show is now available for licensing through Broadway Licensing for both professional regional and amateur productions.

On June 14, 2023, a concert version of the musical was announced to premiere in London, at the Eventim Apollo, on 4 December 2023. The concert starred Maiya Quansah-Breed as 19-year-old Diana Spencer and Kerry Ellis playing an older Princess Diana, reflecting back on her life. Guest starring as Queen Elizabeth was British actress Denise Welch.

Reception

The La Jolla production received mostly negative reviews from critics. Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "The score is actually closer to commercial Broadway in the early aughts, an even more dated style to my ear." The Guardian gave the Netflix recording a one-star review, stating "If it was deliberate satire it would be genius, but it’s not."

Jesse Green, chief theater critic for The New York Times, negatively reviewed the production at Broadway's Longacre Theatre, deeming it tawdry and exploitative, and writing, "if you care about Diana as a human being, or dignity as a concept, you will find this treatment of her life both aesthetically and morally mortifying."

The Netflix presentation currently has a score of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 3.10/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Diana done dirty". Metacritic gave the film a rating of 29.

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2022 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, and Frank Marshall Won


Worst Director Christopher Ashley Won
Worst Actor Roe Hartrampf Nominated
Worst Actress Jeanna de Waal Won
Worst Supporting Actor Gareth Keegan Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Erin Davie Nominated
Judy Kaye Won
Worst Screenplay Joe DiPietro (book & lyrics) and David Bryan (music & lyrics) Won
Worst Screen Combo Any klutzy cast member & any lamely lyricized (or choreographed) musical number Nominated
Tony Awards Best Costume Design of a Musical William Ivey Long Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Jeanna de Waal Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Natasha Katz Nominated
Outstanding Wig and Hair Design Paul Huntley Nominated

Adaptions

Filmed stage production

Before opening, the Broadway production was recorded in the summer of 2020 with COVID-19 safety protocols in place and no audience. This capture, also directed by Ashley, was released on Netflix on October 1, 2021. The recording was universally panned by critics and won five of its nine nominations at the 42nd Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, the first filmed stage performance with this distinction.

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