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Micaela Diamond

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Micaela Diamond
Diamond in 2023
Margate City, New Jersey, U.S.
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • singer
Years active2018–present

Micaela Diamond is an American actress and singer. She made her Broadway debut as Babe in The Cher Show (2018–2019). Diamond starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of the musical Parade as Lucille Frank, a performance for which she was nominated for the 2023 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Diamond was born in Margate City, New Jersey.[3] At the age of 11, she moved to New York City with her mother, Karen Diamond, to pursue a career in the performing arts. There, Diamond attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.[4]

In 2017, Diamond was accepted into the musical theatre program at Carnegie Mellon University.[3] During a high school production, Gypsy, in which she played Louise,[5] an agent saw her performance and signed her. She played Babe, the youngest version of Cher in The Cher Show, landing the role three days before she had planned to move to Carnegie Mellon for her freshman year.[6]


Diamond made her professional debut in the musical television special of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC as a featured member of the ensemble.[7] She was also the understudy for Sara Bareilles' Mary Magdalene.[8]

Diamond originated the role of Babe, the youngest version of Cher around the age of 7–19 in The Cher Show.[2][9] Starring alongside Jarrod Spector, Teal Wicks, and Stephanie J. Block, she also appears on the musical cast album.[10] On June 9, 2019, Diamond was named a 2019 Theatre World Awards honoree[11] for her role as Babe in The Cher Show.[12] Diamond was nominated for Best Breakout Broadway Performance of the Decade at the Broadway World Theatre Fans' Choice Award for her performance in The Cher Show.

In 2019, Diamond originated the roles of Lindy and Dorothy in the world premiere of Ethan Coen's A Play Is a Poem at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum.[13] The play ran from September 11 to October 13, 2019, and was scheduled to begin performances Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company's Atlantic Stage 2 in New York City beginning May 14, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14]

Diamond also originated the roles of Young Tori and Amelia in Williamstown Theatre Festival's world premiere production of Row which opened on July 17, 2021.[15]

On May 17, 2022, it was announced that Diamond would play Lucille Frank opposite Ben Platt as Leo Frank in New York City Center's gala presentation production of Parade.[16][17] Following their sold-out run at New York City Center, a limited Broadway transfer was announced on January 10, 2023, with Diamond and Platt continuing their roles as Lucille and Leo Frank. The revival began previews on February 21, 2023 and opened March 16, 2023 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and concluded on August 6, 2023.[18] High demand for tickets on the first day of sale resulted in temporarily crashing the Telecharge ticket site, resulting in error messages and queues of an hour long.[19]

Diamond originated and received acclaim for the role of Fritz, a covert revolutionary, in the 2023 Off-Broadway world premiere of Stephen Sondheim's final musical, Here We Are, an adaptation of Luis Buñuel films.[20]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Director(s) Ref.
2018 The Cher Show Babe Oriental Theatre Jason Moore
Parade (workshop) Lucille Frank Roundabout Theatre Company Michael Arden
2018–19 The Cher Show Babe Neil Simon Theatre Jason Moore
2019 Dogfight (anniversary concert) Rose Second Stage Theatre Gina Rattan
A Play Is A Poem Lindy/Dorothy Mark Taper Forum Neil Pepe
2020 Disenchanted (live stream) Art Lab Productions Meg Fofonoff
2021 Row Young Tori/Amelia Clark Art Institute Tyne Rafaeli
2022 Parade Lucille Frank New York City Center Michael Arden
2023 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2023-24 Here We Are Fritz The Shed Joe Mantello

Credits in bold indicate Broadway production(s)



Year Title Role Ref.
2014 Imbalance Featured Dancer
2021 tick, tick...BOOM! Peggy


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Ensemble (u/s Mary Magdalene) Television special
2019 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Herself Episode: "Cher"
73rd Tony Awards Performer Television special
2019–23 Today Musical Guest 3 episodes
2022 The Gilded Age Shop Assistant Episode: "A Long Ladder"
2023 Up Here Girl from Anthro 2 episodes
2024 Elsbeth Detective Edwards 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2019 Theatre World Award Outstanding Debut Performance The Cher Show Honoree
2020 Broadway World Theatre Fans' Choice Award Best Breakout Broadway Performance Of The Decade Nominated
2023 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Parade Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical Nominated
2024 Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Nominated


  1. ^ Anderson, Jenny; Ferri, Josh (April 25, 2019). "Broadway Showstopper Spotlight Series: Micaela Diamond Talks Living Her Dream in The Cher Show, Cherapy, and Her Broadway Debut". BroadwayBox.com. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  2. ^ a b Wong, Curtis M. (2019-04-24). "For Broadway's Micaela Diamond, Playing Cher Has Been A Life Lesson In Sequins". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  3. ^ a b Moynihan, Caitlin (November 30, 2018). "Meet Micaela Diamond, the Teen Who Swapped School Books for the Spotlight in The Cher Show". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  4. ^ Henderson, Kathy (2018-06-21). "A Trio of Triple Threats Play the Ultimate Superstar in The Cher Show". Broadway Direct. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
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  8. ^ Timpane, John (January 3, 2019). "The actors playing Sonny and Cher on Broadway? They're from Philly". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  9. ^ Franklin, Marc J. (2019-02-03). "Getting Into Character With The Cher Show's Micaela Diamond". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 12, 2019). "Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Cher Show Released April 12". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  11. ^ Meyer, Dan (June 5, 2019). "Jeremy Pope and Danielle Brooks Are Besties and More Stories From the Theatre World Awards". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  12. ^ "Theatre World Awards Announces 2019 Winners". American Theatre. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  13. ^ "A Play Is a Poem". Center Theatre Group. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  14. ^ "A Play is a Poem". Atlantic Theater Company. Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  15. ^ "Outside at the Clark: Row". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved 2021-07-17.
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  17. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan. "BWW Exclusive: Ben Platt, Michaela Diamond & More Lead Michael Arden-Helmed Parade Reading", BroadwayWorld, December 27, 2022
  18. ^ Paulson, Michael (January 10, 2023). "Ben Platt to Lead 'Parade' Revival on Broadway This Season". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  19. ^ Evans, Greg (January 10, 2023). "Demand For Broadway's 'Parade' With Ben Platt Temporarily Crashes Ticketing Site". Deadline. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  20. ^ Oladipo, Gloria (October 24, 2023). "Here We Are review – posthumous Stephen Sondheim musical is hit-and-miss". The Guardian. Retrieved April 3, 2024.
  21. ^ Oxman, Steven (June 29, 2018). "Pre-Broadway Review: 'The Cher Show'". Variety.
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  23. ^ Franklin, Marc J. (April 11, 2019). "Step Inside Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
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  26. ^ "Performances Have Begun for 'A Play Is a Poem' at Taper". Center Theatre Group. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  27. ^ "'DIS!' IS WHERE WE'VE BEEN". Art Lab LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  28. ^ Rabinowitz, Chloe. "Disenchanted! Stay-At-Home Version With Diana DeGarmo, Celia Rose Gooding and More To Stream in December". Broadway World. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  29. ^ "Row". Williamstown Theatre Festival. Retrieved 6 November 2022.
  30. ^ Paulson, Michael (January 10, 2023). "Ben Platt to Lead 'Parade' Revival on Broadway This Season". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  31. ^ "Micaela Diamond, Bobby Cannavale, Steven Pasquale, More Join Sondheim's HERE WE ARE At The Shed". www.theatrely.com. Retrieved 2023-08-31.
  32. ^ "Odds & Ends: Dear Evan Hansen to Hold Open Casting Call for New Stars & More". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  33. ^ Crowley, Patrick. "'The Cher Show' Star Micaela Diamond Curates Empowering Playlist for Women's History Month". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
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  35. ^ Quinn, Dave (June 7, 2019). "Stephanie J. Block on Playing Cher on Broadway and Why She Has Crest White Strips to Thank". People. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  36. ^ "Video: The Cast Of The Cher Show Performs 'Believe' at the Tony Awards". Broadway World. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  37. ^ Fujishima, Kenji (14 March 2019). "Watch The Cher Show Stars Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector on The Today Show". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  38. ^ Fierberg, Ruthie (May 3, 2019). "Watch The Cher Show's 3 Chers Sing 'Song for the Lonely'". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  39. ^ McPhee, Ryan (May 2, 2019). "Jeremy Pope, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Bonnie Milligan, More Earn 2019 Theatre World Awards". Playbill.
  40. ^ "@the.cher.show on Instagram". www.instagram.com. 2020-08-01. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  41. ^ "WINNERS Announced For The 18th Annual Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: 'Best Of The Decade' Edition!". Broadway World. Retrieved 2020-11-12.

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