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New cast announced for Beautiful at the Aldwych.
New casting has been announced for the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical which is currently running at the Aldwych Theatre. Matthew Seadon-Young and Barbara Drennan will join the cast to play Gerry Goffin (Carole King’s husband and song-writing partner) and Genie Klein (King’s mother) from 28 November 2016.
Cassidy Janson will continue in the role of Carole King alongside 2015 Olivier Award-winner Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil and Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann.
The full cast from 28 November 2016 will also include Gavin Alex, Georgie Ashford, Koko Basigara, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ashford Campbell, Treyc Cohen, Natasha Cottriall, Michael Duke, Matthew Gonsalves, Jammy Kasongo, Leigh Lothian, Earl R. Perkins, Derek Aidoo, Rosie Heath, Dominic Hodson, Emma Louise Jones, Jessica Joslin, Vicki Manser, David O’Mahony and Jaime Tait.
The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning show opened in the West End on 24 February 2015 and is currently booking to 22 July 2017.
Matthew Seadon-Young was last seen in the West End in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. His other theatre credits include Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum, Urinetown: The Musical at the Apollo Theatre, The School for Scandal for the Theatre Royal Bath, She Stoops to Conquer for the National Theatre and Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre.
Barbara Drennan’s theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale, To Kill A Mockingbird, An Enemy of the People, The Family Way, Noises Off, A View from the Bridge, Love Story all at the Octagon Theatre Bolton, Sweeney Todd at the Manchester Royal Exchange and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Season’s Greetings at the Theatre Royal Windsor and national tours of The Graduate and Over The Rainbow.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Based on the early life and career of Carole King the musical features a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Directed by Marc Bruni, it feature choreography by Josh Prince, set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Vietti, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan.