Take Heart! There’s A Princess Diana ‘Bon Jovi’ Musical Coming Soon!
Would the Schmooze let you go into the New Year without letting you know that a musical about Princess Diana’s wedding, written by the Jewish keyboardist for “Bon Jovi” could be coming to Broadway in the near future? Huh, I don’t know, is the gender division at the Western Wall unfair? (YES.)
Welcome to 2018, a year that has a chance at redeeming us through art, thanks to a new musical in production from Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, the Tony-winning team for the 2012 “Memphis.” Bryan, who just happens to be one of our favorite members of the tribe, is the keyboardist and sometime songwriter for the rock band “Bon Jovi.” Bryan and DiPietro are collaborating on the wedding-focused show, simply named “Diana,” with Christopher Ashley — director of Broadway’s recent hit “Come From Away” (apparently it wasn’t possible to locate any women who are capable of making a musical about a princess’ wedding.)
The musical will enjoy its world premiere in the 2017/2018 season of San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, which was co-founded by Gregory Peck and has catapulted the likes of “Thoroughly Modern Milly” and “Jersey Boys” to Broadway success. According to the writers the score will be “eclectic,” featuring everything from “classical melodies to 1980s-inspired pop and rock music.”
Oh what’s that? You doubt that a musical about 20 year-old Princess Diana on the eve of her wedding could succeed? Remember that some of the most stirring and popular pieces of musical theater in history have followed the stories of impoverished AIDS victims, dancing cowboys and cartoon lions — so just wait for David Bryan to prove you wrong.
Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny
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