Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will play its final performance in London on 5 August 2017
WHO IS CAROLE KING?
Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.
She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, the Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees.
But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know at least one Carole King song :- You’ve Got A Friend, It’s Too Late, So Far Away, Tapestry, I Feel The Earth Move, Child Of Mine, Go Away Little Girl, It Might As Well Rain Until September, It’s Going To Take Some Time, The Locomotion, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, One Fine Day, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Up On The Roof, and Where You Lead, are just some of Carole’s many hits.
WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL ABOUT?
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of Carole King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.
Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014 and the show became one of the most popular shows on Broadway where it is still playing having won both Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards.
WHO WILL PLAY CAROLE KING IN LONDON?
Katie Brayben will play the role of Carole King in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Katie is currently playing Princess Diana in King Charles III at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre and was recently seen in Amaerican Psycho the musical at the Almeida Theatre.
King’s 1971 solo album Tapestry spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts, and stayed on the charts for more than six years.
Carole was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990 and the Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame in 1987.
Carole and her daughter Louise Goffin, also a singer, sang the theme song “Where You Lead,” for the long-running mother/daughter sitcom The Gilmore Girls.
To date, more than 400 of Carole King’s compositions have been recorded by over 1000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles.
Until recently Carole King had not seen the musical that bears her name claiming that many of the aspects of her life were too painful to watch. That all changed when after viewing the show King took to the stage to congratulate the Broadway cast. Watch what happened on that magical night.
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Carole King – Cassidy Janson
Barry Mann – Ian McIntosh
Gerry Goffin – Alan Morrissey
Cynthia Weill – Lorna Want
Genie Klein – Diane Keen
Don Kirschner – Gary Trainor
The cast also includes Gavin Alex, Hannah Jay-Allan, Vivien Carter, Dom Hartley-Harris, Leo Ihenacho, Jammy Kasongo, Matt Nalton, David O’Mahony, Earl R. Perkins, Jay Perry, Sharon Rose, Tanisha L. Spring, Danielle Steers and Joanna Woodward playing iconic musical performers and band members of the era. Ensemble members are Chanice Alexander-Burnett, Koko Basigara, Ashford Campbell, Matthew Colthart, Rosie Heath and Leigh Lothian.
Book: Douglas McGrath
Director – Mark Bruni
Producer – Paul Blake
Choreographer – Josh Prince
Musical Direction – Jason Howland
Set Design – Derek McLane
Costume Design – Alejo Vietti
Lighting Design – Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design – Brian Ronan
Wig and Hair Design – Charles G. LaPointe
Orchestrations and Music Arrangements – Steve Sidwell
2014 DRAMA DESK AWARDS
Outstanding Featured Actress In A Musical – Anika Larsen
Outstanding Sound Design In A Musical – Brian Ronan
2014 TONY AWARDS
Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Musical – Jessie Mueller
Best Sound Design Of A Musical – Brian Ronan