Performances of “Diana” will begin at the Longacre Theater on March 2, 2020, with an opening date set for March 31.
The show ran earlier this year at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, which has had some success with other long-running Broadway transfers like “Come From Away” and “Memphis.” (“Escape to Margaritaville” was not so lucky.)
Some members of the creative teams for those productions are also behind “Diana." The director of “Diana,” Christopher Ashley, won a Tony Award for his direction of “Come From Away,” and the “Memphis” writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan also penned the book, music and lyrics for this production.
Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf, who played Diana and Prince Charles at La Jolla, are heading for Broadway, where Ms. de Waal has appeared in “Kinky Boots” and “American Idiot.” Mr. Hartrampf will be making his Broadway debut. The Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long will bring Diana’s puffy-sleeved 1980s style to the stage.
Following a play-heavy season that lacked many musicals with original songs, “Diana” is the latest show with new music coming to Broadway. In February, “Six,” a modern take on the fate of King Henry VIII’s wives, will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.
And “Diana” will follow a limited run of another original musical, “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” which begins performances at the Longacre in September and closes in January 2020. The show is based on Rick Riordan’s best-selling books chronicling the monster-battling adventures of a Greek demigod and his friends at a summer camp in upstate New York.
The Longacre’s most recent tenant — “The Prom,” another musical with an original soundtrack — closed on Sunday.