Broadway enthusiasts are in for a delightful switch. Connecticut-born Nick Fradiani, the celebrated winner of American Idol's 14th season in 2015, is gearing up to dazzle audiences as the iconic Neil Diamond. Starting October 31, Fradiani will be headlining "A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical," currently showcasing at the Broadhurst Theatre, NYC.
The bio-musical takes audiences on a riveting journey through Diamond's life, encapsulating his top 40 hits including classics like "Sweet Caroline." Until now, the role of Neil Diamond was powerfully portrayed by Tony-nominated Will Swenson, who brought the character to life during the musical's out-of-town tryouts.
The compelling narrative flashes back to Diamond's moments of introspection, with Mark Jacoby portraying an older Diamond reminiscing about his past during therapy. Swenson's final curtain call will be on October 29, paving the way for Fradiani's debut on October 31.
Fradiani's Deep Diamond Connection
Interestingly, this isn't Fradiani's maiden tryst with portraying Diamond. He was an alternate to Swenson since the musical's world premiere. Expressing his exhilaration, the 37-year-old Fradiani remarked, "Neil Diamond’s music greatly influenced my formative years.
My earliest concert memories are with my father, watching Neil live. Embracing this role on Broadway feels like a cherished honor. The audience's palpable energy and enthusiasm have been a constant source of motivation." Supporting the lead actors, Tony nominee Robyn Hurder plays Marcia, with Shirine Babb as the therapist.
Others in the spotlight include Jessie Fisher, Michael McCormick, Tom Alan Robbins, and Bri Sudia, with a strong ensemble adding depth to the storyline. Helmed by Tony-winning director Michael Mayer, "A Beautiful Noise" is crafted by four-time Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten, who drew inspiration from his intimate dialogues with Diamond.
Neil Diamond, despite grappling with Parkinson's, has found solace and therapy in witnessing his life unfold on stage. Diamond's legacy in music is unparalleled. With over 130 million album sales and a cascade of awards, his influence on the industry and fans is undeniable.
In an intimate revelation, Will Swenson shared his growing bond with Diamond and the profound lessons of finding joy in the performance. He emphasized, "It's not about accolades; it's about the sheer love of the art." The transition from Swenson to Fradiani in "A Beautiful Noise" promises a fresh perspective and renewed energy, ensuring that Diamond's illustrious legacy continues to shine brightly on Broadway.