Regarding the difficult decision to give up touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Diamond said, “Oh, I still haven’t given it up, yet. It’s very hard. In a sense, I was in denial for the first year or two. When the doctor told me what it was, I was just not ready to accept it. I said, ‘Oh, okay. I’ll see you, you know, whenever you wanna see me. But I have work to do, so I’ll see you later.’”
The break in touring has also allowed him to reflect on his life. He explained, “I’ve had a pretty amazing life, it’s true. And the thing was, I wasn’t always able to look back on it and be comfortable with it, smile, feel that I was worth it. I think all of that good stuff is starting to come into my life.”
It was recently announced that a multi-year North American tour of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical is set to begin in 2024. The tour will begin at Rhode Island’s Providence Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2024. A full list of cities will be announced soon.
The bio-musical, which tells the story of Grammy-winning artist Neil Diamond, opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on December 4, 2022. It features a book by Anthony McCarten and a score consisting of songs from Diamond’s catalog.
“Some of my most thrilling nights have been while I was on tour, bringing my music to audiences across the world,” Diamond said in a statement. “Having A Beautiful Noise go on tour is an honor, and I can’t wait for audiences across North America to experience this show. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have.”