Carole King Musical Opens in September
Cast Announced | New Tickets on Sale May 8th
A talented cast of Australian performers will star in the Broadway hit musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which begins performances at a newly refurbished Sydney Lyric Theatre on 17 September 2017.
Earlier this year, multi award-winning leading lady Esther Hannaford was announced in the lead role of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical charts the true story of the legendary singer’s journey from teenage songwriter to international superstar, including her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Joining Esther Hannaford as Carole King, are Josh Piterman as Gerry Goffin, accomplished musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer as Cynthia Weil, singer-songwriter and The Voice favourite Mat Verevis as Barry Mann, along with stage veterans Mike McLeish as Don Kirshner and Anne Wood as King’s mother, Genie Klein.
The cast also includes Jason Arrow, Stefanie Caccamo, Doron Chester, Barry Conrad, Andrew Cook, Marcus Corowa, Julia Dray, Akina Edmonds, Nana Matapule, Cameron MacDonald, Lorinda Merrypor, Joseph Naim, Ruvarashe Ngwenya, Naomi Price, Rebecca Selley, Sean Sinclair, Angelina Thomson and Chloé Zuel.
Of the Australian cast, Director Marc Bruni said:“In the three years since we opened on Broadway we’ve taken Beautiful to London and toured across the US, finding some remarkable performers to bring this story to life. We’re proud to grow our family with this phenomenal Australian company – superb actors with exceptional voices who really did make the earth move under our feet in the audition room!”
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical features a book by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.
Hits include You’ve Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, It’s Too Late, Locomotion, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and I Feel the Earth Move along with chartbusting Mann/Weil tunes such as You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, On Broadway and Uptown.
New seats will be released on Monday 8 May, with the musical extended until 12 November. Tickets are available from beautifulmusical.com.au.
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. She sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, at just 17. By the time she was 20 she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her own voice and step into the spotlight, becoming the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century with music that would become the soundtrack of a generation.
Beautiful opened on Broadway in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, where it won two Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The Broadway production has broken every box office record at the theatre, recently becoming the highest grossing show in the venue’s history. The London production opened in February 2015, winning two Olivier Awards and the US touring production is current wowing audiences throughout the country.
Watch highlights from the musical here.