A musical that includes the songs — and telling the life story — of Neil Diamond now has a title, a choreographer and scheduled efficiency dates in Boston, with Broadway plans subsequent.
“A Beautiful Noise,” named as a nod to the singer-songwriter’s 1976 album, is ready to run for 4 weeks on the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston subsequent summer time, the present’s producers, Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio, introduced on Tuesday. They plan to deliver the manufacturing to New York following that run.
“I personally hope that this announcement demonstrates to the world that the Broadway factory is starting to come back to life, that there is smoke coming from our chimneys,” Davenport mentioned in an interview on Tuesday. “We’re starting to make stuff again — we may not be able to show it to everyone right now, but we will.”
The present, first announced in 2019, has put collectively a marquee crew: The director is Michael Mayer, who received 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 motion and dance. Anthony McCarten, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind “The Theory of Everything” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is writing the e book.
“A Beautiful Noise” will cowl the ups and downs of Diamond’s life, from rising up poor in Brooklyn by means of his rise to stardom within the ’70s (because of hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “Song Sung Blue”) and into the later many years of his profession, when he grew to become one thing of a dwelling legend. In this respect, it guarantees to be much like the exhibits about Tina Turner and Donna Summer that appeared on Broadway just lately.
Asked whether or not theater followers would nonetheless have an urge for food for jukebox musicals after the pandemic-enforced Broadway hiatus, Davenport (a Tony winner for the 2018 revival of “Once on This Island”) mentioned that “A Beautiful Noise” shouldn’t be pre-emptively pigeonholed.
“I characterize it as a biographical musical drama and not a jukebox musical,” he mentioned. “We’re excited to show people what separates it from some of the jukebox musicals that have been around.”
In a press release, Diamond, who’s now 80, mentioned he thinks the opening of the present might be much like performing his track “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway Park after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, an expertise he referred to as “a moment of relief, unity, strength and love.”
When performances start in June 2022 “and we’re all able to safely be in the same space together, experiencing the thrill of live theater, I imagine those same emotions will wash over me and the entire audience,” he mentioned.
The Boston space has these days been a well-liked proving floor for Broadway-bound musicals, together with “Jagged Little Pill,” which opened on the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge in May 2018, and “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which acquired its world premiere on the Emerson Colonial that July. Both have been having fun with profitable New York runs when the pandemic suspended stay theater, and are up for numerous Tonys, together with greatest musical.
Casting particulars and ticketing info for “A Beautiful Noise” might be launched later.