Musical about Neil Diamond headed for Broadway

The untitled project is being produced by Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio, while Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening) will direct.

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July 2, 2019 21:51
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Singer Neil Diamond performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, US.

Singer Neil Diamond performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, US.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An upcoming Broadway musical will be based on the life of Neil Diamond, and it will feature a score by the iconic singer-songwriter and a book by Bohemian Rhapsody writer Anthony McCarten, Deadline reported yesterday. 


The untitled project is being produced by Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio, while Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening) will direct.

Diamond –who wrote and performed such classics as “Sweet Caroline,” “Song Sung Blue” and so many others – said in a statement, “I’ve always loved Broadway. 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.”

Diamond, who was born to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe and grew up in Brooklyn, was a classmate of Barbra Streisand at Erasmus Hall High School, and they later recorded the hit, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore” together. He started writing songs and poems to charm girls in high school, and got requests from other guys to write for them as well. 

At the beginning of his career, he wrote songs for other artists, notably The Monkees’ “I’m A Believer,” but began recording his own work in the mid-60s. Diamond had his first big hit at a solo artist in 1966 with “Solitary Man.”

He won multiple Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2011. His records have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. 

There have been similar hit Broadway shows based on the lives of famous musicians in recent years, including Beautiful, about Carole King, and Jersey Boys, the story of the Four Seasons. 


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