A musical featuring the songs – and life story – of Neil Diamond now has a title, choreographer, and performance dates scheduled in Boston, with plans for Broadway thereafter.
“A Beautiful Noise,” named as a nod to the singer-songwriter’s 1976 album, is slated to run for four weeks at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston next summer, the producers said Tuesday. show, Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio. They plan to bring production to New York after this run.
“I personally hope this announcement will demonstrate to the world that the Broadway factory is starting to come back to life, that there is smoke coming from our chimneys,” Davenport said in an interview on Tuesday. “We’re starting to make stuff again – we might not be able to show it to everyone right now, but we will.”
The show, first announced in 2019, has put together a renowned team: the director is Michael Mayer, who won a Tony Award in 2007 for “Spring Awakening”. Steven Hoggett, whose work has been featured in “Once” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, will provide the movement and dance. Anthony McCarten, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind “The Theory of Everything” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is writing the book.
“A Beautiful Noise” will cover the ups and downs of Diamond’s life, from her poverty in Brooklyn to her rise to stardom in the ’70s (courtesy of hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “Song Sung Blue”) and in the last decades of his career, when he became something of a living legend. In this regard, it promises to be similar to shows on Tina Turner and Donna Summer that have recently appeared on Broadway.
Asked whether theater fans would still have an appetite for jukebox musicals after the pandemic-imposed Broadway hiatus, Davenport (a Tony winner for the 2018 cover of ‘Once on This Island’) stated that “A Beautiful Noise” should not be pre- categorically empty.
“I characterize it as a biographical musical drama and not as a jukebox musical,” he said. “We’re excited to show people what sets it apart from some of the jukebox musicals that already exist.”
In a statement, Diamond, who is now 80, said he believed the show’s opening would be similar to performing his song “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway Park after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. , an experience he called a “moment of relief, oneness, strength and love.”
When the performances begin in June 2022 “and we are all able to be together safely in the same space, experiencing the thrill of live theater, I imagine those same emotions will overwhelm me and the ensemble. of the public, ”he said.
The Boston area has recently been a popular proving 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 received its world premiere at the Emerson Colonial in July. Both were enjoying success in New York City when the pandemic put the live theater on hold, and are vying for numerous Tonys, including Best Musical.
Cast details and ticketing information for “A Beautiful Noise” will be released later.