‘Di Lady Di’ – Charlotte Munson, Perfect as the “People’s Princess”

By Ernest Kearney — What is quite startling about Charlotte Munson’s performance in her musical Di Lady Di, is the agility she displays in shifting from moments of superbly silly mockery of Prince Charles and other royal foils to embracing the understated sensuality of the “People’s Princess” all in the space of a mere breath, a quality that reminded me of the great and undeservingly forgotten Carol Lombard.


Within the constraint of a single hour Munson takes us through Diana, Princess of Wales’ whole twisted history of a fairy tale gone horribly wrong, from her first meeting with Charles, the heir to the British throne, through the counterfeit courtship and façade of a marriage, and finally to Diana’s rebellion against the archaic restraints of the aristocracy.


With book and lyrics by Munson, and music by Richard Munson, this is as tight and entertaining a piece of musical theatre as one could wish for with Munson herself showing a beautiful singing voice capable of handling an intricate and demanding score with stunning ease, even to the point of engaging in duets with her prerecorded self.


The staging, which is clever and wonderfully theatrical throughout, is only enhanced by Munson’s nimbleness in executing them, such as her dexterity in manipulating an empty dinner jacket as a stand in for her royal husband.


Director Charles Pasternak keeps the pace moving at a fast clip and ensures that the clarity of Munson’s performance and script are crystal throughout. Drina Durazo’s “projection designs” add the right amount of spice to the staging, and Producer Scott Golden adds another feather to his already prodigious bonnet.


All in all, a perfect performance in a perfect production.


A PLATINUM MEDAL

Platinum Medal

Di Lady Di

Playing During Hollywood Fringe Festival 2022

HFF’22

WHERE:
The Broadwater (Black Box)
6322 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

WHEN:
Sunday June 5 2022, 8:00 PM (preview)
Thursday June 9 2022, 6:30 PM
Sunday June 12 2022, 6:30 PM
Saturday June 18 2022, 4:00 PM
Sunday June 19 2022, 7:30 PM
Friday June 24 2022, 7:00 PM
Saturday June 25 2022, 11:30 AM

For Additional Information and Tickets Go To:

www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5094

Learn More at charlottemunson.com

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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at TheTVolution.com and workingauthor.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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