The West End production of Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, based on the early life and career of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Carole King, will end its run at the Aldwych Theatre August 5.
The award-winning musical, which made its Broadway premiere in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it continues to run, opened in London in February 2015.
The U.K. tour of Beautiful will open in Bradford September 9 and continue to Plymouth, Southampton, Norwich, Southend, Nottingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle, Hull, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Woking, Sunderland, Bristol, Leeds, Stoke on Trent, Liverpool and Oxford, with all venues currently on sale.
An Australian production will open in Sydney in September.
Beautiful is described as “the untold story of [Carole King's] 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.”
The West End cast currently features Cassidy Janson in the title role, with Matthew Seadon-Young as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Stephanie McKeon as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as songwriter Barry Mann, Joseph Prouse as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner, and Barbara Drennan as King’s mother Genie Klein.
They are joined by Gavin Alex, Georgie Ashford, Koko Basigara, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ashford Campbell, Treyc Cohen, Natasha Cottriall, Michael Duke, Matthew Gonsalves, Jammy Kasongo, Leigh Lothian and Earl R. Perkins who play iconic musical performers and band members of the era and swings Derek Aidoo, Rosie Heath, Dominic Hodson, Emma Louise Jones, Jessica Joslin, Vicki Manser, David O’Mahony, and Jaime Tait.
The book is by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil. The production is directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Josh Prince, set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Vietti, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations and music arrangements are by Steve Sidwell.
Producers are 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, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish & Trinchero and Jeremiah J. Harris.
For ticket information visit beautifulinlondon.co.uk.
Watch Carole King sing at the curtain call of London's Beautiful below: