Today, producers Ken Davenport and Bob Gaudio announced that Shirine Babb will begin performances in the role of the ‘Doctor’ in A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical starting on Friday, September 22, at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street).
Linda Powell, who originated the role of the ‘Doctor’, will play her final performance on Thursday, September 21.
In addition to Babb, the cast of A Beautiful Noise features Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson as Neil Diamond – Then, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee Mark Jacoby as Neil Diamond – Now, Chita Rivera Award winner, Tony Award, and Drama Desk Award nominee Robyn Hurder as Marcia. They are 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 include Neal Benari (standby Neil Diamond – Now), Ninako Donville (swing), Paige Faure (ensemble), Nick Fradiani (Alternate Neil Diamond – Then), Kalonjee Gallimore (ensemble), Samantha Gershman (swing), Becky Gulsvig (standby for Ellie Greenwich, Jaye Posner, Marcia, and Rose Diamond), Alex Hairston (ensemble), Makai Hernandez (swing), Philip Hoffman (standby Neil Diamond – Now), Sydney Jones (swing), Jess LeProtto (ensemble), Tatiana Lofton (ensemble), Aaron James McKenzie (ensemble), Mary Page Nance (ensemble), Robert Pendilla (swing), Max Sangerman (ensemble), MiMi Scardulla (ensemble) and Deandre Sevon (ensemble).
A Beautiful Noise includes a score of Diamond’s most beloved songs, a book which four-time Academy Award®-nominee Anthony McCarten (I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything) distilled from hundreds of hours of conversations between himself and the legendary singer-songwriter, direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot), and choreography by Olivier Award® winner and four-time Tony Award nominee Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Once, Black Watch).
Shirine Babb (Doctor) is ecstatic to be joining this beautiful cast. Broadway: The Piano Lesson, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (OBC), Lincoln Center’s Macbeth. Selected highlights: King Lear with Patrick Page (TFANA), Napoli Brooklyn (Roundabout), Merchant of Venice with John Douglas Thompson (TFANA), Red Bull Theatre, STC, Folger, Roundhouse (Helen Hayes Award), and Hartford Stage. Selected television: “Extrapolations" (Apple+), "Iron Fist,” "Blue Bloods.” Old Globe/USD.