Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Will Play Pre-Broadway Engagement in San Francisco
By Adam Hetrick
Beautiful, the new musical based on the life and work of Grammy Award-winning musician Carole King, will premiere this fall at San Francisco's Curran Theatre prior to a 2014 spring Broadway bow, producers announced May 1.
Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are producing 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) will stage the production that runs Sept. 24-Oct. 20 in San Francisco. Bruni helmed a mid-April reading of the musical. Beautiful will arrive on Broadway in spring 2014 at a theatre to be announced.
Josh Prince will choreograph the production that will have musical direction by Jason Howland.
Casting will be announced at a later time.
"What's so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting. In fact, when Gerry and I first met, we made a bargain that I would write music for the Broadway show he wanted to write if he wrote lyrics for my rock 'n roll songs. The songs took off, and the show idea never came to fruition. Now that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we've come full circle," King said in a previous statement.
Here's how the creators bill the musical: "Her voice would define a generation, but first she had to find it. 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 fairytale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's rise to stardom, alongside husband and co-writer Gerry Goffin and fellow song writers Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, set to the music that made her one of the recording industry’s most enduring icon."
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