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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical extends to Feb 2017
The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning musical last night (23 February) celebrated the first birthday of the show alongside the February birthdays of Carole King, Barry Mann and the late Gerry Goffin, as well as the 45th anniversary of when King’s Grammy-award winning album Tapestry was released.
The West End production opened on 24 February 2015 following previews from 10 February and was previously booking to 29 October 2016 at the Aldwych Theatre.
The show, is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, and features a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical opened to good reviews: "Gently enjoyable" (Evening Standard); "Sweet and happy as pie" (Daily Mail); "Delivered with a rare mixture of ferocity and vivacity, passion and charm" (LondonTheatre.co.uk).
Directed by Marc Bruni, the cast currently includes Cassidy Janson (Carole King), Alan Morrissey (Gerry Goffin), Ian McIntosh (Barry Mann), Lorna Want (Cynthia Weil), Diane Keen (Genie Klein) and Gary Trainor (Don Kirshner).
The original Broadway creative team reunited for the London production, with direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations and Music Arrangements are by Steve Sidwell. It is produced in London by Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
The London production was nominated for 7 Olivier Awards, taking home the awards for Best Actress in a Musical (Katie Brayben) and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Lorna Want).
The Broadway production opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on 12 January 2014, following previews from 21 November 2013 to generally positive reviews. It quickly became one of the highest grossing shows in New York and was nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, with Jessie Mueller taking home the award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Carole King.