Producers have announced that Bronté Barbé is to play Carole King in the upcoming UK tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical which opens at the Bradford Alhambra on 9 September 2017.
Bronté was a finalist inAndrew Lloyd Webber's TV talent search Over The Rainbow in 2010 and has since appeared in Cool Rider (West End), Shrek the musical UK tour playing Princess Fiona and most recently in The Wild Party at The Other Palace.
She will be joined on stage by Kane Oliver Parry (Sweeney Todd – London Coliseum, Wicked and Urinetown – West End) as King’s husband and song-writing partner ‘Gerry Goffin’, Amy Ellen Richardson (Merrily We Roll Along, Crazy For You and Les Miserables – West End) as song-writer ‘Cynthia Weil’, Matthew Gonsalves (Beautiful – West End, Dirty Dancing and Dreamboats and Petticoats – UK Tour) as song-writer ‘Barry Mann’, Carol Royle (Moonlight – Donmar Warehouse, An Ideal Husband – UK Tour) as King’s mother ‘Genie Klein’ and Adam Howden (The Talented Mr Ripley, Richard III, Spring Awakening) as music publisher and producer ‘Donnie Kirshner’.
The cast is completed by Merryl Ansah, Lauren Byrne, Matt Campbell, Khalid Daley, Jessica Joslin, Esme Laudat, Emma Lucia, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Paige Miller, Matt Mills, Simeon Montague, Ben Morris, David O’Mahony and Saran Webb.
At certain performances Carole King will be played by Leigh Lothian.
Beautiful – The Carole King musical tells the story of King's phenomenal rise to become on of the most successful solo acts in pop music history. Her music is the sountrack of many people's lives and includes (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof and The Locomotion.