Tony nominee Will Swenson the hot topic on Today July 6, when his transformation into Neil Diamond for the musical A Beautiful Noise was a featured subject for hosts Hoda Kotb, Sheinelle Jones, and Craig Melvin.
The bio-musical is currently in the midst of its out-of-town tryout at Boston's Colonial Theatre. Starring Swenson as Neil Diamond during the height of his fame, A Beautiful Noise also stars Tony nominee Mark Jacoby as Diamond during the present era. They are joined by Tony nominee Robyn Hurder as Marcia, Linda Powell as Doctor, and Jessie Fisher, Michael McCormick, Tom Alan Robbins, and Bri Sudia.
The A Beautiful Noise company is rounded out by Jessie Austrian, Neal Benari, Jordan Dobson, Ninako Donville, Paige Faure, Nick Fradiani, Kalonjee Gallimore, Samantha Gershman, Alex Hairston, Makai Hernandez, Jess LeProtto, Tatiana Lofton, Aaron James McKenzie, Mary Page Nance, Robert Pendilla, Max Sangerman, and MiMi Scardulla.
Featured on the creative team are choreographer Steven Hoggett, book writer Anthony McCarten, and director Michael Mayer. It also includes scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Kevin Adams, sound designer Jessica Paz, and hair and wig designer Luc Verschueren. Music supervision and arrangements are by Sonny Paladino, incidental music and dance music arrangements by Brian Usifer, vocal design by AnnMarie Milazzo, and orchestrations by Bob Gaudio, Sonny Paladino, and Brian Usifer.
Bonnie Panson is the production stage manager, Jamie Harrison is the illusion consultant, Kathy Fabian is the properties designer, and Ryan Conway of Architect Theatrical is the general manager. Casting is by Jim Carnahan.
Following the Boston engagement, A Beautiful Noise will begin Broadway preview performances November 2 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Opening night is planned for December 4.
For tickets and more information, visit ABeautifulNoisetheMusical.com.