On 6 March 2017, in front of a sell-out performance, Carole King surprised the cast and audience when she made her second visit to see the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Carole King was greeted with a standing ovation at the Aldwych Theatre as she took to the stage at the curtain call to congratulate the cast. Following her surprise appearance, she continued on stage by singing her classic hit You’ve Got A Friend in front of a thrilled crowd. King said: “I was so excited to surprise the cast, they genuinely had no idea, nobody knew! CJ (Cassidy Janson who plays King in the musical) literally brought me to tears this evening with her performance of Natural Woman. She was who I was, she felt what I felt. She was me!”s
To coincide with the show’s second birthday in London, a further 130,000 tickets have gone on sale taking booking at the Aldwych Theatre to 4 November 2017.
The Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning show opened in the West End in February 2015 when Carole King attended the Gala opening. Last month on 9 February 2017 celebrations took place at the Aldwych Theatre to mark both Carole King’s birthday and the production’s second birthday in the West End. In addition to the West End production, an extensive UK tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will begin in September. In January 2014 Beautiful – The Carole King Musical received its Broadway premiere at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. A US tour began in September 2015 and an Australian production will open in Sydney in September this year.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her 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 comprises Cassidy Janson in the title role, Matthew Seadon-Young as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, a role for which she won the 2015 Olivier for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann, Joseph Prouse as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner and Barbara Drennan as King’s mother Genie Klein.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/ songwriter Carole King. 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 is 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.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical features the Carole King classics includingSo Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Take Good Care of my Baby, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, One Fine Day, You’ve Got a Friend, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and I Feel the Earth Move, along with hits from songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil like You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, On Broadway and Uptown.
Beautiful – the Carole King Musical is now booking to 4 November 2017. Buy tickets
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Photos: Craig Sugden