Neil Diamond came out of retirement to sing Sweet Caroline on Broadway

Neil Diamond came out of retirement this week to sing “Sweet Caroline” during the curtain call of a new Broadway musical about his life.

The singer announced he would be retiring from touring in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and made a rare appearance earlier this year to perform his biggest hit at a Boston Red Sox game.

Sunday night (Dec. 4), a new musical Beautiful Noise: The Musical by Neil Diamond Made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre, starring Diamond himself.

Before the show started, Diamond appeared on the balcony and was given a microphone to sing “Sweet Caroline” with the fans.

Watch footage of the performance below.

Announcing his retirement four years ago, a statement A statement on the singer’s official website stated that “the onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform extensively, but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue writing, writing and developing new projects.”

Diamond said of the news: “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from the concert tour. I have had the privilege of bringing my shows to the public for the past 50 years.

“My sincere apologies to everyone who has purchased tickets and plans to attend future shows. I plan to stay active in writing, recording, and other projects for a long time to come.

“I would like to express my gratitude to my faithful and loyal viewers around the world. You will always have my gratitude for your support and encouragement. This trip was “very good, very good, very good” thanks to you.

In March, Diamond sold his entire songwriting and recording catalog to Universal Music Publishing Group for an undisclosed sum.

In addition to his releases and masters, the deal includes 110 unreleased tracks, an unreleased album, and archival videos.

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