A new biographical musical about Neil Diamond's life and career is coming to Broadway.
Written by Bohemian Rhapsody writer Anthony McCarten and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer, the currently untitled musical will tell of Diamond's rise to super-stardom, capturing both the setbacks and triumphs. The score will include some of Diamond's biggest hits like “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Song Sung Blue,” and “I’ve Been This Way Before.”
“I’ve always loved Broadway,” Diamond said in a statement. “The inspiration for many of my early songs came from shows like West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof, so it seems only fitting to bring my songs to The Great White Way. I’m honored and excited to be working with this great team.”
About the opportunity to work with Diamond, McCarten said, “On the mantle-piece in my childhood home in New Zealand, there were always two pictures: one was of the Pope, the other of Neil Diamond. The epic musical catalogue of this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer flowed endlessly off our family record player. As a child you took it into yourself, and to this day I can recite the lyrics of his hits deep into their second or third verses. Imagine my excitement, then, when the opportunity arose to work with Neil on a musical based on his life and music. A very, very easy and so sweet ‘Yes!’”
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