2018/2019 Season


World-Premiere Musical

February 19 - March 31, 2019 | Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro | Music and Lyrics by David Bryan

Choreographed by Kelly Devine | Directed by Christopher Ashley

In 1981, an assistant kindergarten teacher married the Prince of Wales and, overnight, became the most famous woman in the world. But behind the fairytale, there was a troubled marriage and a young woman struggling to find her voice. Battling an unmovable monarchy and unprecedented media scrutiny, Princess Diana surprises everyone – including herself – as she grows into a global phenomenon and manages to change the world.

Christopher Ashley and the writers behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis (Joe DiPietro and David Bryan) create this highly anticipated musical, featuring an epic and sweeping contemporary score.

Production Sponsors

Morrison & Foerster, LLP US Bank Show Imaging

Dr. Howard & Barbara Milstein | Becky Moores

Cast & Creators
Image of Joe DiPietro Joe DiPietro Book and Lyrics

is the writer and co-lyricist of Chasing the Song and Memphis. He won two Tony Awards for Memphis, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. He won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Book for his Gershwin show, Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick. Other works include the award-winning The Toxic Avenger (with David Bryan) and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the longest-running musical revue in off-Broadway history.

Joe DiPietro Book and Lyrics
Image of Kelly Devine Kelly Devine Choreographer

La Jolla Playhouse: Escape to Margaritaville, Come From Away, Peter and the Starcatcher, Zhivago, Private Fittings. Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Come From Away, Zhivago, Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Rock of Ages. International: Rocky (Germany), Rock of Ages (West End, UK tour, Toronto, Australia – Helpmann & Green Room Awards). Opera: Faust (The Met & ENO), Wozzeck (San Diego Opera). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fat Camp, Frankenstein, Anne Wrecksick. Regional: Come From Away, Toxic Avenger, A Christmas Story, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet. Film/TV: Mozart in the Jungle, Dear Dumb Diary, Noami and Elf’s No Kiss List, Happy Texas, Zombie Pro, Untouchables.

Kelly Devine Choreographer
Image of Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley Director

has served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director for over a decade. During his tenure, he has helmed such Playhouse productions as The Squirrels, Hollywood, The Darrell Hammond Project, Chasing the Song, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the musicals Escape to Margaritaville, Freaky Friday, Xanadu, Memphis, which won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Come From Away, for which he won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. He also spearheaded the Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) series, the DNA New Work Series and the Resident Theatre program.

Christopher Ashley Director
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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