Casting for the Broadway premiere of Diana: A True Msucal Story is now completed. In a post by Broadway.com, the full casting for the upcoming bio-musical based on the life of Princess Diana is already done and previews will begin on March 2 before it officially opens on March 31 at the Longacre Theatre.
The cast announcement include Zach Adkins (Anastasia), Tessa Alves (Beetlejuice), Ashley Andrews (King Kong), Austen Danielle Bohmer (Days of Rage), Holly Ann Butler (Come From Away), Stephen Carrasco (Anastasia), Bruce Dow (Jesus Christ Superstar), Richard Gatta (Bright Star), Lauren E.J. Hamilton (The Tempest), Emma Hearn (Cats), Shaye Hopkins (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Andre Jordan (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Gareth Keegan (Sell By), Nathan Lucrezio (Aladdin), Tomas Matos (Kiss My Aztec), Chris Medlin (Mean Girls), Laura Stracko (Fun Center) and Bethany Ann Tesarck (Bye Bye Birdie).
They will join previously announced Jeanna de Waal in the title role, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth, all of whom will reprise their roles from the show’s world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse.
In a 2019 interview, David Ashley, director of the show’s world premiere says that “Diana very much centers around the marriage, which she called a crowded marriage because Charles was very much in love with Camilla Parker Bowles while he was dating and then married to Diana. So it really centers around that triangle between those three. Our goal is very much not to find villains but to figure out how these three people try to figure out a route through this incredibly difficult marriage in the midst of this white-hot media spotlight.”
The Broadway production will feature David Zinn’s scenic design, William Ivey Long’s costumes, Natasha Katz’s lighting, Gareth Owen’s sound design, orchestrations by John Clancy.