Producers of the Tony-winning musical Beautiful – The Carole King Musical have announced that the show will make its Australian premiere at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre beginning in September 2017.
The wait list for tickets is now open at beautifulmusical.com.au.
“I’m thrilled to see it travel across the world to Australia, where I hope audiences down under will treasure it as much as I do,” commented Carole King in a press statement.
The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, called the premiere a “major coup” for the State of NSW from a tourism perspective. “Carole King’s legendary catalogue of hits will come to life in this blockbuster production, which will be a major drawcard for visitors to NSW. We expect about 60,000 overnight visitors to travel to Sydney to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, generating $26 million for the state’s economy,” he commented during his official announcement of the production.
Beautiful opened on Broadway in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it won two Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The true story of the legendary singer's journey to worldwide fame features a book by Tony and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and songs written by Gerry Goffin/King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.
“This show is simply ‘some kind of wonderful,'” commented Australian producer Michael Cassel in a statement. “I am very excited to bring this sensational show to Australian shores – Carole King might be a native New Yorker but her music is loved the world over and her story is universal. Carole King wrote the soundtrack to a generation and I can’t wait for Australian audiences to experience this smash-hit production in Sydney.”
The creative team for the Australian production of Beautiful includes Derek McLane (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design) and Brian Ronan (sound design). Casting is yet to be announced.