Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Cast Album Places Strong on Billboard Top 200

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21 May 2014

Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller
Photo by Joan Marcus

The original Broadway cast recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which was released in stores May 13, placed #1 on the Billboard Top Broadway Albums Chart in its first week of release. The album also cracked into the Billboard Top 200.

The Ghostlight Records album, produced by Jason Howland and Steve Sidwell with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer, was recorded Feb. 17. The recording was released digitally April 1. 

In addition to its #1 spot on Billboard's Top Broadway Chart, the album nabbed the #60 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

The hard copy includes a 28-page color booklet with full lyrics, rare archival and show photos, and liner notes by Beautiful book writer Douglas McGrath.

Producers are also releasing a special edition vinyl LP. 



Listen to a track from the album here:

The musical's score comprises songs Carole King penned with Gerry Goffin as well as tunes Barry Mann wrote with Cynthia Weil. For other theatrical recordings, visit the Playbill Store

The track listing follows:

"Overture"
"So Far Away"
"1650 Broadway Medley"
"It Might as Well Rain Until September"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"Happy Days Are Here Again"
"Take Good Care of My Baby"
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
"He's Sure the Boy I Love"
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
"Up on the Roof"
"On Broadway"
"The Locomotion"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"
"One Fine Day"
"Chains"
"Walking in the Rain"
"Pleasant Valley Sunday"
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
"Uptown"
"It's Too Late"
"You've Got a Friend"
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
"Beautiful"
"I Feel The Earth Move"

Based on King's life and music, Beautiful had its world premiere earlier this season at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. The Broadway production began previews Nov. 21, 2013, prior to an official opening Jan. 12 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing produce the musical that features a book by Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, who collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for "Bullets Over Broadway." He also penned "Infamous" and "Emma." 

Marc Bruni (Pipe Dream, Ordinary Days, Old Jews Telling Jokes) stages the production with choreography by Josh Prince and musical direction by Jason Howland. 

Tony Award nominee Mueller (Mystery of Edwin Drood, On a Clear Day, Nice Work If You Can Get It) stars as King. Appearing as her musical collaborators are Jake Epstein ("Degrassi," Spider-Man) as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Avenue Q) as Cynthia Weil and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys) as Barry Mann. Principal casting also includes Jeb Brown as producer/publisher Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as King's mother, Genie Klein.

The ensemble features Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall and Alan Wiggins.

The complete creative team includes Derek McLane (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Charles G. LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Sidwell (orchestrations and music arrangements), Jason Howland (music supervision) and John Miller (music coordination).

Here's how the creators bill the musical: "Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. 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. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being 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, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation."

Beautiful is produced by Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish/Trinchero, and Jeremiah J. Harris.

Visit beautifulonbroadway.com

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