BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre, London

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The smash-hit Broadway show BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical is now playing at London’s Aldwych Theatre.

BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of music legend Carole King, from a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah through to her remarkable rise to stardom.

The show charts her beginnings as part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Along the way she made more than BEAUTIFUL music, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

The show features an extraordinary range of her classic songs including It Might As Well Rain until September, Happy Days Are Here Again, Some Kind of Wonderful, Take Good Care of My Baby, Locomotion, Up on the Roof, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Beautiful, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Be-Bop-A-Lula, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, Oh Carol, 1650 Broadway Medley, Who Put the Bomp, He’s Sure the Boy I Love, On Broadway, One Fine Day, Chains, Walking in the Rain, Pleasant Valley Sunday, We Gotta Get out of This Place, Uptown, It’s Too Late and I Feel the Earth Move.

Beautiful The Carole King Musical will run until 5 August 2017 at the Aldwych Theatre.

Who’s in it? Beautiful The Carole King Musical Cast

The cast is led by Cassidy Janson (Carole King), Matthew Seadon-Young (Gerry Goffin), Lorna Want (Cynthia Weil), Ian McIntosh (Barry Mann), Joseph Prouse (Don Kirshner) and Barbara Drennan (Genie Klein).

The cast also includes Gavin Alex, Georgie Ashford, Koko Basigara, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ashford Campbell, Treyc Cohen, Natasha Cottriall, Michael Duke, Matthew Gonsalves, Jammy Kasongo, Leigh Lothian and Earl R. Perkins.

What’s the Story

She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll.

But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

Reviews

★★★★The amazing story…with hit songs told through laughter and tears. I enjoyed every minute!” BBC Radio 2
★★★★ Daily Mail


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Booking to 5 August 2017

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Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Nearest Tube or Train: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical  – cast and UK tour dates announced
Casting and dates for the new UK tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical have been announced. Opening at Curve Leicester on 28 February 2022, the company will be led by Molly-Grace Cutler (The Worst Witch, Girls Don’t Play Guitars, We’ll Live and Die in these Towns) as Carole King. Tom Milner (Holby City, Waterloo Road) will play Gerry Goffin, Carole’s former husband and collaborator. Seren Sandham-Davies (Crazy For You, Brassed Off) and Jos Slovick, who performed in the original West End production of Once, will play husband and wife song-writing duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Garry Robson returns to Curve as music producer and talent manager Don Kirshner. Garry was last seen on-stage in Leicester as General Henry Waverly in the 2018 Made at Curve production of White Christmas. Clare Greenway, who originated the role of Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act at the London Palladium, will play Carole’s mother Genie Klein, and Dan de Cruz will join as the production’s on-stage Musical Director. The cast is completed by Naomi Alade, Kemi Clarke, Chris Coxon, Amena El-Kindy, Louise Francis, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Jessica Jolleys, Sorrel Jordan, Myles Miller, Peter Mooney and Adrien Spencer. After its run in Leicester, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will tour to Theatre Royal Bath 17 – 26 March, Theatre Royal Brighton 29 March – 2 April, Festival Theatre Edinburgh 5 – 9 April, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 12 – 16 April, Newcastle Theatre Royal 19 – 23 April, Orchard Theatre Dartford 26 – 30 April, Malvern Theatres 3 -7 May, Cambridge Arts Theatre 10 – 21 May and New Theatre, Cardiff 24 – 28 May. Based on the story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from singer/songwriter to chart-topping music legend, this production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will take audiences back to the heart of King’s landmark 1971 album ‘Tapestry’. The musical will be directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, whose recent credits include acclaimed five-star productions of A Chorus Line, West Side Story and 2020’s streamed production of Sunset Boulevard – at Home. Speaking about the cast, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “Carole King’s body of work speaks for itself and it is an honour to work on a show which celebrates some of the greatest pop songs ever written and the extraordinary life of the woman who has provided the soundtrack to our lives across the decades.  “In Molly-Grace Cutler, we have the perfect actor to lead our production and embody the spirit of King’s supreme artistry. Molly leads a phenomenal company of actor-musicians, who will recreate all the hits live onstage, under the supreme musical talents of Grammy winner Steve Sidwell and Tony winner Sarah Travis. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with our friends at Theatre Royal Bath and Southampton Mayflower, flying the flag for Leicester once Beautiful tours from Curve.” Carole King’s music is brought to life by Grammy Award-winning Orchestrator Steve Sidwell and adapted by Tony Award-winning Curve Associate and Musical Supervisor Sarah Travis. The production will be choreographed by rising star Leah Hill (The Wiz, Hope Mill Theatre) and the creative team also includes Set Designer Frankie Bradshaw, Costume Designer Edd Lindley, Lighting Designer and Curve Associate Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer Tom Marshall, Associate Director Jennifer Lane Baker and Casting Director and Curve Associate Kay Magson CDG. The production will also provide training opportunities for Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) Resident Assistant Director Lilac Yosiphon and Birkbeck Trainee Director Thyrza Abrahams. Featuring countless classics such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, Up on the Roof, Locomotion and You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is written by Douglas McGrath, with songs by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical was originally produced on Broadway and in London by Paul Blake, SONY/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner. This production is a co-production between Leicester Curve, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton. Tickets are now on sale.
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Carole King musical Beautiful extends in West End
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical has announced a further extension to its West End run and is now booking until July 2017 at the Aldwych Theatre. Based on the early life and career of legendary singer/ songwriter Carole King the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning show charts King’s early beginnings from school girl to international superstar becoming one of the most successful solo acts in music history. Featuring hits such as Happy Days Are Here Again, Some Kind of Wonderful, Take Good Care of My Baby, Locomotion, Up on the Roof, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Beautiful, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Be-Bop-A-Lula, You've Got a Friend, So Far Away, Oh Carol, We Gotta Get out of This Place, Uptown, It's Too Late and I Feel the Earth Move. The current cast is led by Cassidy Janson in the title role alongside Alan Morrissey who plays King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann, Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner and Diane Keen as Genie Klein, King’s mother. In February this year the show celebrated its first birthday at the Aldwych Theatre as well as the 45th anniversary of King’s Grammy- award winning album Tapestry. Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is booking until 22 July 2017 at the Aldwych Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
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Cast update for Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Casting update for hit West End show Beautiful The Carole King Musical Cassidy Janson has recently joined the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical to play the title role alongside Diane Keen as Genie Klein, King’s mother. Cassidy Janson was last in the West End playing Ruth in Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios. She has also been seen in Candide and Tick Tick Boom for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Blood Wedding at the Courtyard Theatre, Company at the Southwark Playhouse and played Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q at the Wyndhams Theatre. Janson was a member of the original London cast of Wicked and played standby Elphaba. Diane Keen starred in the late 70s sitcoms Rings On Their Fingers with Martin Jarvis and You Must be the Husband with Tim Brooke Taylor. Other television credits include Foxy Lady, The Cuckoo Waltz, Doctors, Sandbaggers, September Song, Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Brookside as well as guest appearances in The Professionals, Taggart, Minder, A Touch of Frost, and most recently New Tricks. Her film credits include Sweeney!, Thirteen at Dinner, Silverdream Racer, Judas and Jesus and Nowhere in Africa. Alan Morrissey continues as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin alongside Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. Lorna Want continues as song-writer Cynthia Weil, a role for which she won the 2015 Olivier for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is now booking at the Aldwych Theatre to 29 October 2016 having recently released over almost 350,000 new tickets for sale. BOOKING Book tickets to Beautiful The Carole King Musical
Photo: Katie Brayben as Carole King in Beautiful
Photo First Look: Production shot released of the star of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. The producers of forthcoming West End musical Beautiful - The Carole King Musical have released a photo of the show's star Katie Brayben as Carole King. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Katie Brayben as Carole King. Photo by Uli Weber[/caption] The show will star Katie Brayben (King Charles III) as Carole King alongside Alan Morrissey (I Can't Sing!) as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann, Glynis Barber as King's mother Genie Klein and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. The show kicks off its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 10 February 2015 and is directed by Marc Bruni, with a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of Carole King's journey from school girl to superstar, becoming one of the most successful solo acts in music history. The show has proved a big hit on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards and featuring an extraordinary song selection including It Might As Well Rain Until September, Take Good Care of my Baby, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, You’ve Got a Friend, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, On Broadway and Uptown. Currently playing at the Aldywch Theatre is Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in their sensational new show Dance ‘Til Dawn. Photo by Uli Weber.
BEAUTIFUL: Full cast announced for Carole King Musical
Further cast announced for BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Ian McIntosh to join the cast of BEAUTIFUL[/caption] The producers of forthcoming Broadway transfer BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical have announced the full cast of the show. Joining previously announced Katie Brayben in the title role of Carole King is Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann. Ian comes hit-foot from The Commitments at the Palace Theatre and has previously appeared in Rock of Ages, Hair, High School Musical 2 and Aladdin. Other cast already announced include Alan Morrissey as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. The rest of the line-up includes Vivien Carter, Ed Currie, Oliver Lidert, Fela Lufadeju, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Terel Nugent , Jay Perry, Tanisha Spring, Lucy St. Louis, Danielle Steers, Dylan Turner and Joanna Woodwood - all of whom will play iconic musical performers and band members of the era, and ensemble cast including Andy Coxon, Jason Denton, Michael Anthony Duke, Joel Harper-Jackson, Rosie Heath, Aisha Jawando, Hannah Jay-Allan and Leigh Lothian. The show kicks off at the Aldwych Theatre on 10 February 2015 and covers the early life and career of the legendary singer and songwriter Carole King. Beautiful features a book by Douglas McGrath, words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and direction by Marc Bruni. Read more about BEAUTIFUL on WestEndTheatre.com BOOK Book tickets to BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre
Cast Highlights for BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre
Cast highlights for BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Katie Brayben[/caption] Katie Brayben as Carole King Katie's stage credits include Princess Diana in King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre and Almeida Theatre, American Psycho: A new musical thriller at the Almeida Theatre, Joking Apart for Nottingham Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ragtime for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 13 for the National Theatre, Company for Southwark Playhouse, Return to the Forbidden Planet on tour in the UK and Mamma Mia! both in the West End and on tour internationally. The screen credits include Vera and This Way Out. Glynis Barber as Genie Klein TV credits include playing Harriet Makepeace in Dempsey and Makepeace, Soolin in Blake’s Seven, Glenda Mitchell in EastEnders, Jean McAtter in The Royal, Belinda in Family Affairs and Grace Barrowclough in Emmerdale. Other TV work includes Visitors, Lucky Jim, The History of Mr Polly and Turkish Delight/Popcorn. On film her credits include Point of Break, The Edge of Tomorrow, On The Nose, Deja vu, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Wicked Lady. Her previous theatre credits include Love Letters for Dundee Rep, Season’s Greetings on tour, Separate Tables and Make Me A Match for the Mill at Sonning, the national tour of The Graduate, And Then There Were None at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Once in a Lifetime for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Piccadilly Theatre and A Murder is Announced at the Vaudeville Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Alan Morrissey[/caption] Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin Alan Morrissey was last on stage in I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium. His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Twelfth Night and As You Like It. For Shakespeare’s Globe he toured in Romeo and Juliet. His screen credits include Nick Van Barr in Holby City as well as appearances in Doctors, Endeavour and The League of Gentlemen: Apocalypse. Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil Lorna Want has most recently played Winnie in Annie Get Your Gun on tour in the UK. Her West End credits include Footloose, Evita, Parade, The Fantasticks and Dreamboats and Petticoats. Her regional theatre credits include Robin Hood for the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House and Les Miserables at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner Gary Trainor’s theatre credits include Potted Potter at the Garrick Theatre and on tour in the US and Australia, The Shawshank Redemption at Wyndham’s Theatre, The Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays, Into The Woods at the Landor Theatre, Jago at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh and Prophecy at the Public Theatre in New York. He has also toured the UK in Buddy, Frankenstein: The Year Without a Summer, Stones in His Pockets and The Oxford Passion. BOOK Book tickets to BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical: Katie Brayben to star as Carole King
Katie Brayben has been cast as Carole King in new West End show BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Katie Brayben to play Carole King, with Alan Morrissey and Glynis Barber[/caption] Casting has been announced for the forthcoming Broadway transfer of Tony Award-winning musical BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical. Katie Brayben is to play Carole King in the show. She recently played Diana, Princess of Wales in King Charles III at the Wyndham's Theatre and Almeida, with other stage credits include American Psycho at the Almeida, Joking Apart at the Nottingham and Salisbury Playhouses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ragtime at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 13 at the National Theatre, Company at the Southwark Playhouse, and Mamma Mia! in the West End. Carole King's first husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin is to be played by I Can't Sing! star Alan Morrissey, with Glynis Barber (of Dempsey and Makepeace fame) playing King's mother, Genie Klein. Other cast include Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil and Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner, with more casting to be announced. Katie Brayben follows in the footsteps of Jessie Mueller who plays King on Broadway and has caused a sensation in the role, garnering multiple awards including a Tony for her performance. The show will be directed by Marc Bruni and rehearsals start in December for its 10 February opening at the Aldwych Theatre. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of music legend Carole King and her remarkable rise to stardom, and is filled with her hits including Take Good Care of My Baby, Locomotion, Up on the Roof, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Beautiful, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Carole King has given her blessing to the casting. BOOK Book tickets to BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical sets dates for Aldwych Theatre
Carole King musical BEAUTIFUL announces dates for Aldwych Theatre run in the West End [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Jessie Mueller in the Broadway production of Beautiful[/caption] The Tony Award winning Broadway show Beautiful - The Carole King Musical has set dates for its West End run at the Aldwych Theatre in London. The show will start previews on 10 February 2015, with a press night on 25 February and an initial booking period that ends on 13 June 2015. Winner of two 2014 Tony Awards, the show has proved a massive hit on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre starring Jessie Mueller and producers will be hoping to recreate some of the magic in the West End, The show is based on the life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, and is the untold story of her journey from school girl to music superstar. The producers are currently casting the 26 performers to appear in the show, including a British star to play Carole King. Beautiful features a wealth of songs that were big hits in the UK including Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Take Good Care of my Baby, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, You’ve Got a Friend, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain until September, One Fine Day, I Feel the Earth Move, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, On Broadway and Uptown. Directed by Marc Bruni, Beautiful features a book by Douglas McGrath, and words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Choreography will be by Josh Prince with set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Alejo Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan. BOOK Book tickets to BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London

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3 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre”

  1. What a fantastic stage musical. The acting was great! song were greT and most of all a fantastic cast to carry it through. I have seen this twice now and realy enjoyed it both times with different casts Well fone to everone for their performances. ?

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