Neil Diamond Bio-Musical Sets Sights on Broadway


A musical featuring the songs – and life story – of Neil Diamond now has a title, a choreographer, and scheduled performance dates in Boston, followed by Broadway plans.

“A Beautiful Noise,” named as a reference to the singer-songwriter’s 1976 album, is slated to run for four weeks next summer at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston, the show’s producers, Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio, announced on Tuesday. They plan to move production to New York after this run.

“Personally, I hope this announcement shows the world that the Broadway factory is coming back to life and that smoke is coming out of our chimneys,” Davenport said in an interview on Tuesday. “We’re starting to do things again – we may not be able to show everyone right now, but we will.”

The show, which was first announced in 2019, has put together a marquee team: The director is Michael Mayer, who won a Tony Award in 2007 for “Spring Awakening”. Steven Hoggett, whose work was featured in “Once” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” will provide movement and dance. Anthony McCarten, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind “The Theory of Everything” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” writes the book.

“A Beautiful Noise” will cover the ups and downs of Diamond’s life, from growing up poor in Brooklyn to his rise to star in the 1970s (thanks to hits like “Cracklin ‘Rosie” and “Song Sung Blue”) to the decades later his career when he became a living legend. In that regard, it promises to be similar to the shows about Tina Turner and Donna Summer that recently hit Broadway.

When asked if theater fans would still have an appetite for jukebox musicals after the Broadway hiatus caused by the pandemic, Davenport (a Tony winner for reviving “Once on This Island” in 2018) said that “A Beautiful Noise ”shouldn’t be put in a drawer in advance.

“I characterize it as a biographical musical drama rather than a jukebox musical,” he said. “We’re excited to show people what makes it different from some of the jukebox musicals out there.”

In a statement, Diamond, now 80, said the opening of the show will resemble the performance of his song “Sweet Caroline” in Fenway Park after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, an experience he described as a “moment of relief.” designated. Unity, strength and love. “

When performances begin in June 2022, “and we can all safely be in the same room together and experience the thrill of live theater, I can imagine the same emotions will overwhelm me and the entire audience,” he said.

The Boston area has recently been a popular testing ground for Broadway musicals, including Jagged Little Pill, which opened at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge in May 2018, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical, ”which premiered at Emerson Colonial in July. Both had successful New York runs when the pandemic disrupted live theater and face numerous Tonys, including the best musical.

Casting details and ticket information for “A Beautiful Noise” will be released later.



Robert Dunfee