David Bryan (top right) has been enjoying one of the more interesting careers in music. The keyboardist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was the first musician to get a call when Jon Bon Jovi got his first recording contract. At the time, Bryan had a 4.0 G.P.A. as a pre-med major at Rutgers University. The lure of rock stardom was too strong to stay in school.
After years of success with Bon Jovi, David Bryan set his sights on the Great White Way. He co-wrote the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis in 2002. That was followed by the off-Broadway show The Toxic Avenger in 2009. Now David Bryan is returning to musical theater with a new show about the late Princess Diana.
Written with Bryan’s Memphis collaborator, Joe DiPietro (top left), the new musical focuses on the troubled marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana; the love triangle between Charles, Diana, and Camilla Parker-Bowles; and the royal couple’s subsequent divorce. Diana is set to open March 31st at New York City’s Longacre Theatre. Previews begin March 2nd.