The world premiere engagement of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical will open on Sunday, July 10, after a postponement due to COVID cases at the company.
The Boston cast is led by Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson as Neil Diamond – Then, Tony Award nominee Mark Jacoby as Neil Diamond – Now, Tony Award nominee Robyn Hurder, as Marcia and Linda Powell as Doctor.
They are joined by Jessie Fisher as Jaye Posner; Michael McCormick as Fred Colby, Tommy O’Rourke; Tom Alan Robbins as Bert Berns, Kieve Diamond; and Bri Sudia as Ellie Greenwich, Rose Diamond.
Set, Swings and Eves include Jessie Austrian (standby for Ellie Greenwich, Jaye Posner, Marcia and Rose Diamond), Neal Benari (standby Neil Diamond – Now), Jordan Dobson (set), Ninako Donville (swing) , Paige Faure (set), Nick Fradiani (standby Neil Diamond – Then), Kalonjee Gallimore (set), Samantha Gershman (swing), Alex Hairston (set), Makai Hernandez (swing), Jess LeProtto (set), Tatiana Lofton ( Ensemble), Aaron James McKenzie (Ensemble), Mary Page Nance (Ensemble), Robert Pendilla (Swing), Max Sangerman (Ensemble) and MiMi Scardulla (Ensemble).
Following the Boston engagement, A Beautiful Noise will open on Broadway this fall at the Broadhurst Theater (235 West 44th Street) with preview performances beginning Wednesday, November 2 before an official opening night set for Sunday, December 4.
Featuring a score of Diamond’s most beloved songs, A Beautiful Noise includes a book by four-time Oscar® nominee Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything), edited by the Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot), and choreography by Olivier Award® winner and four-time Tony Award nominee Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Once, Black Watch) .
With his first songwriting breakthrough in the 1960s and his meteoric rise in the 1970s, and many crushing disappointments and jaw-dropping triumphs along the way, Neil Diamond maintained an almost unthinkable level of stardom. for five consecutive decades. How did a poor Jewish child in Brooklyn become one of the most universally adored showmen of all time? There’s only one way to put it: a musical ensemble on his milestone hits that have mesmerized the world.
Let’s see what the critics had to say!
Don Aucoin, Boston Globe: Although he’s a skilled and passionate pop craftsman, Diamond wrote a good number of winks to accompany his many good songs. Both categories are widely represented on stage. Points of completeness, I guess, but the less-than-beautiful sound creates a few weaknesses in the show. […] None of the show’s flaws are enough to diminish, let alone eclipse, Swenson’s achievement. Seeing a respected veteran performer like him rise to the occasion as he does in “A Beautiful Noise” offers a kind of special gratification to a theater lover. You could say he feels… well, you know.
Jacquinn Sinclair, WBUR: The swagger-filled Will Swenson as Diamond, accompanied by a formidable ensemble of more than a dozen talented actors and singers, robustly performed the singer’s greatest hits , from “I’m a Believer” to “Kentucky Woman”. and “Sweet Caroline”, accompanied by an energetic band, all under the inspired direction of Michael Mayer.
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