BEAUTIFUL Begins Pre-Broadway Run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Tonight
The Broadway Premiere of the highly anticipated new musical Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will begin previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street) on Thursday, November 21, 2013, with an official opening night set for Sunday, January 12, 2014, following its World Premiere at San Francisco's SHN Curran Theatre, beginning tonight. With a book by playwright and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautifulfeatures a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.
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.
As previously announced, the cast of Beautiful includes Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jake Epstein as 'Gerry Goffin', Anika Larsenas 'Cynthia Weil', Jarrod Spector as 'Barry Mann', Jeb Brown as 'Don Kirshner', Liz Larsen as 'Genie Klein', and an ensemble that includes Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Antoine L. Smith and Melvin Tunstall.
The creative team also 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), John Miller (Music Coordination) and Stephen Kopel (Casting).
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is produced by Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Orin Wolf/StylesFour Productions, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., Brunish/Trinchero, and Jeremiah J. Harris.
Ticket prices for the Broadway Premiere of Beautiful range from $75 - $152. Beautiful will play the following schedule: Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7PM, Wednesdays at 2PM, Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM. The preview schedule varies slightly, and additional details can be found on the website. Tickets for the San Francisco World Premiere are now on sale, and available at https://www.shnsf.com/online/beautiful. For more information, visit www.beautifulonbroadway.com.
Photo by Nathan Johnson