About the showIt caused a storm on Broadway leading it to become one of the most hotly anticipated musicals in the West End ever. Now Beautiful The Carole King musical has come to London’s Aldwych theatre.
The musical is based on the early life of multi-award winning singer/songwriter Carole King and her rise from shy teenager to superstar. It covers her relationship with husband and song writing partner Gerry Goffin and her friendship with song writing rivals Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Carole sold her first hit when she was just 17 “It Might As Well Rain Until September” by the time she was 21 she was writing hits for all of the biggest names in the music business including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. Carole struggled with her confidence and balancing her life being a wife, a mother and an artist but as her relationship with Gerry begins to breakdown she finds the strength to become a star in her own right that she was always destined to be.
The book of the musical is written by Douglas McGrath with lyrics and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthis Weil.
The show takes the style of a juke box musical and features an epic score of Carole King’s hits including “Take Good Care of my Baby”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Locomotion”, “One Fine Day”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, along with hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “On Broadway” and “Uptown” from songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
The musical is directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince with set designs by Derek Mclane. The show boasts a cast of 26 performers and an orchestra of 12.
The show stars Katie Brayben as Carole King and Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil both were awarded with Oliviers at the 2015 ceremony. The show also stars Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin, ,Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, and Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner.
Winner of two Tony Awards Beautiful continues to play to packed audiences at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim theatre where it opened in January 2014.
Beautiful began previews at The Aldwych theatre on the 10th of February and officially opened on the 25th of February 2015, with bookings being taken until July 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of Carole King's music and the music of the era will be in heaven with what is sure to be a fabulous production.