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A Beautiful Noise

A Beautiful Noise

Lyric Theatre

A Beautiful Noise

A Beautiful Noise

Lyric Theatre

Reviewed – 11th February 2019



“A consummate showman, he has the relaxed stage presence that wins us over from the start”


‘Legendary’ is one of those words that has lost its meaning in modern life, and I flinch inwardly whenever I hear a living person described as a legend. Besides, by definition, a legend is unverifiable; handed down over the years and eventually accepted as truth. There! That’s my only gripe out of the way. But whilst describing Neil Diamond as a legend is open to question, what is definitely and objectively accepted as truth is his talent as a writer and performer, and his importance as an artist in today’s popular culture. And Fisher Stevens is the entertainer to bring home that fact in this outstanding celebration of Diamond’s career.

It is almost exactly a year since Neil Diamond announced his retirement having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease: a sad and poignant reality that infuses the evening with extra emotional punch. Diamond himself continues to write and record, but in his stage absence his devoted fans can find solace in “A Beautiful Noise” at the Lyric Theatre.

It begins at the beginning, charting Diamond’s time cooped up in New York’s ‘Brill Building’, home to the likes of Leiber and Stoller, Carole King, Burt Bacharach and other now household names in song writing. His success as a songwriter preceded his success as a singer, notching up hits for Elvis Presley, the Monkees, Cliff Richard, Lulu and even the hard-rockers; Deep Purple.

“If I close my eyes…” sings Stevens in the opening number; ‘Brooklyn Roads’. The pertinence is not lost on the audience; if we close our eyes it is conceivable that we are witnessing Diamond’s miraculous return to the stage, such is the near perfect replication of the vocal timbre and nuances. Stevens’ rich, gravelly baritone even comes with a built-in pitch-bend that create Diamond’s distinctive downwards glissandos. He certainly hits all the right notes, but Stevens also manages to pitch his whole performance perfectly, eschewing sentimentality or idolatry for plain, down-to-earth entertainment. A consummate showman, he has the relaxed stage presence that wins us over from the start.

The classics are all there: ‘Beautiful Noise’, ‘Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon’, ‘Forever In Blue Jeans’, ‘I Am I Said’, ‘Kentucky Woman’, ‘Song Sung Blue’, ‘Hello Again’, ‘Coming To America’, ‘Desiree’, ‘Sweet Caroline’… and so on and so on. But we are also reminded of the many hits he penned for other singers. Backed by the strong, tight-knit band led by MD Mark Burton at the keys, a rich wall of sound is created, upon which hangs the tapestry of Diamond’s craft. A special mention must be made of the two backing singers, Samantha Palin and Rebecca Cole. Stevens generously brings them to the front line throughout and I’m sure it won’t be long before these two singers are headlining their own shows. Cole gives us a sassy solo performance of Lulu’s hit ‘The Boat That I Row’, but undoubtedly the highlight of the evening is Palin’s soaring rendition of Barbara Streisand’s ‘Woman In Love’, after which she dips sublimely into the duet ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’: a moment of pure musical theatre that dissolves any remaining residue of schmaltz that is often associated with the original.

Often derided by the critics, Neil Diamond has always risen above the flak. It never really bothered him, and it certainly doesn’t bother this audience of loyal fans who treat Fisher Stevens as the Diamond himself. As the show morphs into a fully-fledged rock gig during the second act, we are again reminded of the genre hopping dynamism of his live performances.

“Songs are life in eighty words or less” Neil Diamond once said. This show is his life in eighty minutes or more. A true celebration.


Reviewed by Jonathan Evans


A Beautiful Noise

Lyric Theatre – shows in June and July


Last ten shows covered by the reviewer:
Nice Work if You Can Get It | ★★★★ | Upstairs at the Gatehouse | December 2018
Aspects of Love | ★★★★ | Southwark Playhouse | January 2019
Coming Clean | ★★★★ | Trafalgar Studios | January 2019
Dad’s Army Radio Hour | ★★★★ | Wilton’s Music Hall | January 2019
Dear Elizabeth | ★★ | Gate Theatre | January 2019
Director’s Cut | ★★★ | The Vaults | January 2019
Out of Step | ★★ | Drayton Arms | January 2019
Police Cops | ★★★★ | The Vaults | January 2019
Queens of Sheba | ★★★ | The Vaults | January 2019
Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) | ★★★★ | The Vaults | January 2019


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Adam and Eve and Steve

Flying Entertainment with AES in association with The King’s Head presents

The London Premiere of


 Adam & Eve … and Steve 

 21st March – 29th April 2017

King’s Head Theatre


‘Adam & Eve….and Steve’ makes its London debut at the Kings Head, Islington from 21st March for a 5 week run.  This toe-tapping, warm-hearted new musical delivers laugh-out-loud moments in abundance and turns the age-old story of The Garden of Eden completely on its head.  The show is set to delight audiences and critics alike after a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival run last August.

God’s plan to create Adam and Eve goes deliciously wrong when the mischievous Beelzebub interferes, and God creates Steve instead of Eve.    Adam is delighted with Steve (who thinks he is a woman called St. Eve) and all is harmonious until the two new BFFs are confronted by Eve herself.   A ménage a trois for the modern era ensues, and the future of humankind hangs in the balance as everyman Adam, loveable OTT Steve and jealous Eve try to sort out their tangled emotions….

Dale Adams (Steve):  trained at the Arts Ed, London. Stage appearances include Prince Charming in Cinderella and Frankie Valli in Oh What a Night! He has also appeared at Glyndebourne and was in the ensemble for the Olivier Awards.
Michael Christopher (God): played Sir Thomas Moore in Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons and Monk Tetzel in John Osborne’s Luther.
Hayley Hampson (Eve):  trained at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.  Her credits include: Blue Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical; Faryl in Golden Oldies; Daisy in Pharaoh Cross the Mersey; and Sophie in Departure Lounge.
Stephen McGlynn (Beelzebub): has appeared in the West End in Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia (original cast), Les Miserables, Witches of Eastwick, and State Fair. He has also appeared in Romeo and Juliet, It’s A Wonderful Life, Hairspray, Macbeth, Beauty and the Beast and Evita.
Joseph Robinson (Adam): trained at The Guildford School of Acting and this is his professional debut.
The book and lyrics are by Chandler Warren, a noted US entertainment lawyer, producer and writer. Warren has written extensively for TV and theatre, as well as penning numerous books and articles. He has also produced movies for TV and theatre productions – both on and off Broadway. The original music was composed by Wayne Moore, whose previous works include; There’s No Place Like Hollywood (Stella Adler Theatre), Freeway Dreams (The Gardenia), I Know I Came In Here For Something and The Real Desperate Housewives (Taconic Playhouse, New York).
This production has Francesca Goodridge directing and choreographing once more. Her directing credits include Shout! The Mod Musical at LIPA, Edinburgh Festival and Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.


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Adam & Eve … and Steve


Tuesday 21st March – Saturday 29th April 2017

Tues – Fri @  8.40pm | Sat @  3pm & 8.40pm | Sun @ 5pm


115 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN


Box Office




020 7226 8561


Tickets: £10 – £35