During the Broadway show’s opening night, Neil Diamond shocks the audience with a rare performance of “Sweet Caroline.”

The audience at the Broadway premiere of A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical was shocked by Neil Diamond’s spontaneous performance of “Sweet Caroline.”

The 81-year-old appeared in his hometown for the first time since 2017; he stopped travelling in January 2018.

At the Broadhurst Theater’s curtain-call, Diamond sang his well-known song while being joined by his wife Katie McNeil.

Diamond walked the red carpet with his wife before the performance, a musical about his life and the steps he made to become a renowned solo singer.

He received a standing ovation when the couple walked into the theatre.

Diamond walked the red carpet with his wife before the performance, a musical about his life and the steps he made to become a renowned solo singer.

He received a standing ovation when the couple walked into the theatre.

Diamond made a rare public appearance that evening.

He declared in January 2018 that he would stop touring after receiving a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.

The condition “makes it difficult to travel and perform on a wide scale basis,” according to a statement on his website.

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“I regretfully announce my retirement from concert travelling with much difficulty. For the past 50 years, I have been extremely pleased to present my performances to the general audience, he stated at the time. Please accept my sincere apologies to everyone who bought tickets and was expecting to attend the forthcoming performances.

He was set to start the Australia and New Zealand portion of his 50th anniversary tour at the time of his announcement. He has already competed in the United States and Europe before the third leg.

He performed his final full-length concert in Los Angeles in 2017.

In June 2022, Diamond performed “Sweet Caroline” during a Boston Red Sox game.

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