American Idol Winner Nick Fradiani to Play Neil Diamond in Broadway’s A Beautiful Noise

Recording artist Nick Fradiani performs during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Broadway has a brand new Neil Diamond.

Nick Fradiani — the singer and actor who received the 14th season of American Idol in 2015 — will step into the sneakers of the legendary musician in A Lovely Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical, producers introduced Thursday.

The biomusical, now open on the Broadhurst Theatre in New York Metropolis, chronicles the lifetime of Diamond via lots of the high 40 hits in his catalogue, together with songs like “Crunchy Granola Suite,” “Cracklin Rosie,” “Music Sung Blue,” “Cherry, Cherry” and, in fact, “Candy Caroline.”

Tony nominee Will Swenson originated the position of Diamond through the present’s out-of-town tryouts — one in every of two actors who play Diamond on stage. The theatrical story is advised via flashback, with Mark Jacoby embodying a current-aged Diamond as he displays on his previous via remedy classes.

Swenson has been with A Lovely Noise via its switch to Broadway, the place it opened in December 2022. His final efficiency within the present can be Sunday, Oct. 29.

Fradiani will take over the position starting Tuesday, Oct. 31.

American Idol Winner Nick Fradiani as Neil Diamond in A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
Nick Fradiani as Neil Diamond in ‘A Lovely Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical’.

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It will not be his first time enjoying Diamond. Fradiani has additionally been with A Lovely Noise because the present’s world premiere, as Swenson’s alternate. The present marks the Guilford, Connecticut native’s Broadway debut.

“Neil Diamond’s music was an enormous a part of my childhood,” Fradiani, 37, mentioned in a press release. “I grew up with my father performing his songs, and even taking me to see Neil as my first live performance.”

“To have the chance to take over the position…in A Lovely Noise on Broadway is really an honor,” he continued. “I’ve seen firsthand the love, ardour and pleasure the viewers has delivered to our theater over the previous 12 months, and I’m so fortunate to proceed being part of this stunning story.”

Nick Fradiani, Director Michael Mayer, Neil Diamond and Will Swenson pose backstage on the opening night of the new Neil Diamond musical "A Beautiful Noise" on Broadway at The Broadhurst Theater on December 4, 2022 in New York City.
Nick Fradiani, director Michael Mayer, Neil Diamond and Will Swenson.

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Jacoby, a Tony nominee himself, will proceed with A Lovely Noise. The musical additionally options Tony nominee Robyn Hurder as Marcia, and Shirine Babb as Physician.

They’re joined by Jessie Fisher as Jaye Posner; Michael McCormick as Fred Weintraub, Tommy O’Rourke; Tom Alan Robbins as Bert Berns, Kieve Diamond; and Bri Sudia as Ellie Greenwich, Rose Diamond.

The ensemble, swings and standbys embrace: Ninako Donville, Paige Faure, Kalonjee Gallimore, Samantha Gershman, Becky Gulsvig, Alex Hairston, Makai Hernandez, Jess LeProtto, Tatiana Lofton, Aaron James McKenzie, Mary Web page Nance, Robert Pendilla, Max Sangerman, MiMi Scardulla and Deandre Sevon.

A Lovely Noise is directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Offended InchAmerican Fool) and contains a e-book by four-time Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten (I Wanna Dance with SomeoneBohemian RhapsodyThe Idea of Every part). McCarten distilled the musical’s story from tons of of hours of conversations between himself and Diamond.

Katie McNeil Diamond and Neil Diamond at the Broadway opening night of 'A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical' in 2022.
Katie McNeil Diamond and Neil Diamond on the Broadway opening evening of ‘A Lovely Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical’ in 2022.

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Seeing his life again on stage has been an emotional expertise for Diamond himself, who’s long-standing efficiency profession has been drastically slowed by the signs of Parkinson’s illness, a analysis he introduced in January 2018, shortly after the completion of this fiftieth anniversary world tour.

As he writes within the present’s Playbill: “Sitting within the theater and watching the present has itself been therapeutic; reliving some joyful and a number of the painful components of my life, wishing maybe that if I may solely make a couple of edits to the script, it could change a number of the actuality of what I used to be seeing.”

He added, “However ultimately, coming to phrases with my life and accepting it has in some way come full circle. I really feel lucky and stuffed with gratitude for all of the individuals in my life. It’s every of them who’ve impacted and formed me in their very own approach to get me to the place the place I’m now … a greater man. A greater father. A greater husband. A greater songwriter.” 

Diamond has offered over 130 million albums worldwide over his 5 decade profession and obtained a slew of accolades together with a number of Grammys, the celebrated Kennedy Heart Award and membership in each the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame and the Songwriters Corridor of Fame.

Will Swenson
Will Swenson in ‘A Lovely Noise’.Julieta Cervantes

Again in Might, Swenson advised PEOPLE about constructing a friendship with Diamond and his spouse Katie McNeil over time.

“The truth that I type of know him as an individual, and I’ve continued to textual content message with him and his spouse, and so they invited me to their home earlier than opening to offer me a gap evening current. It appears completely loopy,” the actor, 50, mentioned.

“My dad’s going nuts. He calls me thrice per week to only… ‘How’s it going? Has Neil referred to as you?’ I used to be in a position to introduce my dad to Neil on opening evening, and my dad’s 86, and he mentioned, ‘This was the perfect day of my life.’ ”

Portraying him on stage eight occasions per week has additionally taught him a factor or two about life.

“I feel what I’ve realized from Neil is that it is concerning the pleasure of performing and the method of doing it,” Swenson mentioned. “And when you go up there searching for an award or a sure overview, you may be upset, however that is not what’s necessary.”

“What’s necessary is each evening on this theater, we’ve got 1,100 individuals screaming on the finish of the evening, having had a very good evening within the theater. That is the lesson that I am making an attempt to be taught, is that that’s all of the achievement that issues.”

Tickets for A Lovely Noise are on sale now.

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