Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Being one of the few jukebox musicals in production, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is a classic of the industry and a true show to be enjoyed, applauded and remembered. With productions on Broadway, the West End and Australia, this musical has earned its name on the Wall of Fame and is now one of the higher rankings plays both on Broadway and on the other sides of the planet. “Beautiful” celebrates the life of amazing songwriter Carole King, who has created some incredible music that is featured in the play. Get the best tickets to “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and all the information about the jukebox craze down below!
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“Beautiful” starts with an opening scene at the Carnegie Hall, where Carole King interprets “So Far Away”. In a flashback, the next scene presents a 16 years old Carole that tells her mother about how she wants to proceed with a career in the music industry. As with any mother-daughter relationship, her mother has a hard time making sense of her dreams, but soon enough Carole decides it’s time to move on and leaves her mother in order to pursue her goals.
After an audition, Carole gets a chance for recording an album and meets Gerry Goffin, a lyricist with whom she decides to collaborate, both for music and romance. The two share a common love for exceptional music, which makes their bonds even stronger. The story follows the events that marked Carole’s life, with both happiness and despair. At the end, all that matters is the music. After all that she’s gone through, Carole King is once again at the Carnegie Hall and, after sitting at the piano, she begins playing “Beautiful” for the audience.
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Past, Present, Future
The history of the play starts in 2013 in San Francisco, where the original production for “ Beautiful” hold its global premiere at the “Curran Theater”. Director was Marc Bruni, with leading choreographer Josh Prince and Jessie Mueller playing as Carole and Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin. Although played only for a month, from September 24th to October 20th, the musical was produced with a closed house in its entirety.
On January 12th, 2014 the official Broadway production debuted at the splendid “Stephen Sondheim Theater” on 43rd Street. Leading roles were still assigned to Mueller and Epstein as Carole and Gerry, with additional cast members Anika Larsen playing Cynthia Weil and Jarrod Spector playing Barry Mann. Carole King attended the April 3rd, 2014 production and sang “You’ve Got a Friend” at the curtain call along with the cast.
The rumors for the amazing performances on Broadway quickly made their way to the West End, where on February 25th, 2015 the official London production had its premiere. Hosting the play was the “Aldwych Theatre” in Central London. The producers put together a fully British cast with the leading role of Carole played by actress Katie Brayben. Additional cast members included Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin, Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner, Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein and Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann. As of November 30th, 2015, Cassidy Janson overtook the leading role of Carole, while Diane Keen replaced Glynis Barber as Genie Klein. The West End production was closed on August 5th, 2017, and the cast is now performing on a UK and Ireland tour which started in September of last year. A US Tour is also undergoing and is set to continue until May of 2018.
Current world productions are also developing in Brisbane and Melbourne, with Esther Hannaford as Carole King and Josh Piterman as Gerry Goffin. Nowadays cast for the Broadway production is lead by Chilina Kennedy as Carole King and Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin. UK Tour production is lead by Bronte Barbe as Carole and Kane Oliver Parry as Gerry.
About the director
Marc Bruni is the talented director behind “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” both on Broadway and at The West End and has been so since the beginning. He is also known for the well-received revivals of “Pipe Dream” and “Fanny for the NY City Center Encores!” series. Although a young director, he is constantly evolving and making a name for himself in the business. His directional skills were reviewed as harsh at the beginning, but as the shows he directs begun to grow, he started receiving more and more admiration among critics and patrons alike.
You can find the best tickets to “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on the official website at “www.beautifulonbroadway.com”, where you’ll also find links to the West End Tour site and the Australian productions. Ticket prices start from $69 for a Mezzanine seat and $99 for an Orchestra seat for the Broadway production and can go up to $250 and more for a premium seat. Plays are set to run every day except for Mondays, with two productions on Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 PM and 7:00/8:00 PM and one production for the remaining days, starting at 2, 7 or 8:00 PM.
For the UK and Ireland tour, tickets start from as low as 20 pounds and can go up to 70 pounds and higher for a better seat. For the Australian productions, tickets start at $140 per seat. Remember to always check out places like SeatGeek and StubHub for a chance to get a better price.
Facts about “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
- The musical is composed out of 29 musical pieces, 18 in Act I and 11 in Act II;
- Carole King holds the title for the most successful female songwriter of the second half of the 20th century in the United States. She has written or co-written 118 pop hits that made it on the Billboard’s “Hot 100”, from 1955 to 1999.