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Neil Diamond stage musical reveals its Broadway veteran star

A musical about Neil Diamond has discovered the polished theater gem who will play the icon onstage

NEW YORK — A musical about Neil Diamond has discovered the polished theater gem who will play the icon onstage — Will Swenson.

Swenson has been tapped to steer “A Stunning Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical” this summer time when it makes its debut at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre. Swenson calls it a not simple musical. “It’s unconventional and it’s lovely,” the actor instructed The Related Press.

Swenson’s Broadway credit embrace “Waitress” reverse Sara Bareilles, creating the position of Javert within the 2014 revival of “Les Misérables,” and starring in “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” and “110 within the Shade.”

Diamond, 81, is the singer and songwriter of large hits like “Candy Caroline,” “Track Sung Blue” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.” He is additionally written hits recorded by different artists, resembling “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees, “Purple Purple Wine” by UB40 and “You Don’t Deliver Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand.

The musical has a narrative by four-time Academy Award-nominee Anthony McCarten (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Darkest Hour”), route by Tony-winner Michael Mayer and choreography by four-time Tony-nominee Steven Hoggett. It can play the Emerson Colonial Theatre from June 21-July 31, and tickets go on sale Friday.

Swenson says Diamond was his dad’s favourite artist, and he grew up figuring out each Diamond music. Swenson’s dad went to Diamond concert events and had a signed poster up within the storage. “Certainly one of my earliest recollections is sporting out the ‘Scorching August Night time’ eight-track tape,” he says, laughing.

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“I by no means had a music rehearsal as a result of I got here in and I knew all of the songs by coronary heart, and I’m not even exaggerating,” he stated. “I simply had all of it in my DNA as a result of it was such part of my upbringing, simply consistently on within the automobile and consistently on at residence.”

Swenson has change into so adept at singing Diamond that he developed an impression, utilizing it in live performance along with his spouse, Audra McDonald, and at cabarets. So when it was time to play Diamond in entrance of the person himself, Swenson had an “out-of-body expertise.”

“If you wish to discuss a surreal second, attempt singing 30 Neil Diamond songs whereas portraying Neil Diamond, 10 toes away from Neil Diamond. It was probably the most loopy, loopy expertise of my life.”

It is becoming that the musical of Diamond will premier in Boston, the place Purple Sox followers have embraced “Candy Caroline.” Swenson grew up in California and roots for the Dodgers. “I’m not a Yankee fan, although. So it’s not as harsh,” he stated.




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