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He Wanted to Go Into Medicine, But Went Into Music Instead. Now, the Story of This Pop Music Giant – Who Has Sold More Than 100 Million Records Worldwide (!) – Is Coming to Broadway, in a Show Written by a Three-time Academy Award Nominee

Jul 1, 2019  •  Post A Comment

L.A.’s fine, but it ain’t home
New York’s home
But it ain’t mine no more

New York may once again become home to Brooklyn-born Neil Diamond if a new musical about the pop music legend gets to Broadway as planned.

“Producers Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio announced that they are eyeing a run on the Great White Way for the stage show,” reports Brent Lang in Variety.

Lang says the show would feature “a book by three-time Academy Award-nominee Anthony McCarten (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Theory of Everything”) and will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”).

Diamond, who has sold over 100 million records worldwide, has had a total of 47 singles and albums certified gold or platinum sellers.

Some fan favorites include “Sweet Caroline,” “Red, Red Wine,” “Cherry,Cherry,” “Shilo,” “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” “I Am, I Said,” “Song Sung Blue” and “Longfellow Serenade.”

The Variety story adds, “The Diamond show would be the latest in a long line of musicals centered around pop greats. Cher (“The Cher Show”), The Temptations (“Ain’t Too Proud”), The Four Seasons (“Jersey Boys”), and Carole King (“Beautiful”) are just a few of the singers and singing groups who have gotten the stage show treatment. The Diamond show sounds like it will be in a similar vein, following the singer’s first break into songwriting in the 1960’s and his chart-topping rise in the 1970’s. Last year, Diamond, 78, announced he was retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.”

Here’s a clip we found on YouTube from Diamond’s 2012 Hot August Night III tour, featuring three songs: “Soolaimon,” “Beautiful Noise,” and “Forever in Blue Jeans.”

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