"Neil Diamond attended a very private run-through of a Broadway-bound musical about his life last week — and was spotted humming along to his songs. The show, as yet untitled, is now on track to hit New York in August 2021 after an out-of-town tryout.
Broadway’s been inundated with bio musicals about pop icons, from Tina Turner to Cher, Carole King to Donna Summer. “Ain’t Too Proud,” the musical about the Temptations, is grossing nearly $2 million a week.
But the Diamond show may stand out because of its writer — Anthony McCarten, who’s up for an Oscar for his movie “The Two Popes.” McCarten also wrote “The Theory of Everything” (about Stephen Hawking), “Darkest Hour” (about Winston Churchill’s early days as prime minister) and the Queen movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
McCarten is no stranger to theater. He wrote 12 plays before becoming one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood."
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