About the showAfter originally opening on Broadway, before transferring to the West End in 2015, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award-winning musical that has entertained audiences at the Aldwych Theatre for the past two years.
Based on the early life of multi-award winning singer/songwriter Carole King, the musical charts her rise from shy teenager to superstar, covering her relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, as well as rivals Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Selling her first hit when she was just 17 (“It Might As Well Rain Until September”), her early life saw her writing hits for the biggest names in the music business, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. Struggling with confidence and and balancing her life as a wife, mother and artist, her relationship with Gerry began to breakdown. But she found the strength to become a star in her own right.
The book of the musical is written by Douglas McGrath, with lyrics and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Taking on the style of a jukebox musical, it features an epic score of Carole King's biggest 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”, as well as hits such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “On Broadway” and “Uptown” from songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince, Beautiful with set designs by Derek McLane, the show boasts a cast of 26 performers, including Cassidy Janson as Carole King, Stephanie McKeon as Cynthia Weil, Matthew Seadon-Young as Gerry Goffin, Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann, Barbara Drennan as Genie Klein and Joseph Prouse as Don Kirshner.
After receiving multiple Tony and Olivier Awards, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical playing to packed out audiences on Broadway, before transferring to London's Aldwych Theatre in February 2015, where the show plays until August 2017 before embarking on a UK tour.