The singer follows in the footsteps of Carole King, Peter Allen, Gloria Estefan, The Temptations and Cher
Get ready to sing along to your new favorite showtune: “Sweet Caroline.”
The 1969 Neil Diamond classic, along with a slew of his other hits, will score a new biographical Broadway-bound musical about the the Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter’s rise to the top and the setbacks he experienced along the way.
News of the untitled show was announced on Monday by producers Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio.
No theater or dates have been announced yet, but three-time Academy Award-nominated dramatist Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour, The Theory of Everything) will pen the musical’s book, with Tony winner Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Head Over Heels) directing.
“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.”
Said McCarten: “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!’ “
Diamond has sold over 130 million records over the corse of his six-decade career. Songs in his catalog include “America,” “Song Sung Blue,” “I’ve Been This Way Before,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Desiree,” “If You Know What I Mean,” “Love on the Rocks,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (his duet with Barbra Streisand).
Of course, Diamond follows a long line of stars to have their life stories told on Broadway. Others have included Carole King (Beautiful), Peter Allen (The Boy from Oz) Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Jersey Boys), The Shirelles (Baby It’s You), Fela Kuti (Fela!), Gloria Estefan (On Your Feet), Donna Summer (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) The Temptations (Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: The Life and Times of the Temptation) and Cher (The Cher Show).
A musical about Tina Turner, aptly titled Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, will transfer from London to Broadway this fall. The show will begin performances October 12 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with opening night set for November 7.