Cynthia Weil Headshot

Cynthia Weil

Get Cynthia Weil Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Cynthia Weil BIO

Weil was born in New York City on October 18, 1940. She grew up on the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in a Conservative Jewish family. Her father was Morris Weil, a furniture store owner and the son of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants, and her mother was Dorothy Mendez, who grew up in a Sephardic Jewish family in Brooklyn. Weil trained as an actress and dancer, studying theater at Sarah Lawrence College, but soon demonstrated a songwriting ability that led to her collaboration with Barry Mann, whom she married in August 1961. The couple had one daughter, Jenn Mann. Weil became one of the Brill Building songwriters of the 1960s, and one of the most important writers during the emergence of rock and roll.



Weil and her husband went on to create songs for many contemporary artists, winning several Grammy Awards as well as Academy Award nominations for their compositions for film. As their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biography put it, in part: "Mann and Weil's... [works went from] epic ballads ('On Broadway', 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'') to outright rockers ('Kicks', 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place') [and they also] placed an emphasis on meaningful lyrics in their songwriting. With Weil writing the words and Mann the music, they came up with a number of songs that addressed such serious subjects as racial and economic divides[,] 'Uptown', ...and the difficult reality of making it in the big city ('On Broadway'). 'Only in America'... tackled segregation and racism, making it rather too controversial for the Drifters, who were the intended artists. 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place' became an anthem for [the] Vietnam soldier, antiwar protesters, and young people who viewed it as an anthem of greater opportunities."

In 1987, she was inducted with her husband into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1988, Weil won two awards at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards for co-writing "Somewhere Out There" from the animated film An American Tail: Song of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media.

In 2004, Mann and Weil's They Wrote That? a musical revue based on their songs, opened in New York. In it, Mann sang and Weil related stories about the songs and their personal history. Weil and Mann were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 in the Ahmet Ertegun Award category. "From the bottom of my heart and with the greatest humility," Weil said in her acceptance, "I thought you guys would never ask." In 2011, Mann and Weil received the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Weil published her first novel, I'm Glad I Did, a mystery set in 1963.

Weil died at home in Beverly Hills, California, on June 1, 2023, at age 82.

Cynthia Weil Photos

Cynthia Weil STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
2004
Herself

Writing

Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist

Cynthia Weil Videos

Cynthia Weil News


BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Begins Next Week At Capital Repertory Theatre

Catch BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at theREP next week, celebrating the life and music of the legendary singer-songwriter Carole King.
Daisy Edgar-Jones Exits BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Film

According to a new interview, Daisy Edgar-Jones will no longer be playing Carole King in the upcoming film adaptation of Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. She was originally announced to play the role in December of 2022.
Playhouse On Park Announces Cast for THE PROM Connecticut Professional Premiere

Playhouse on Park has announced the cast for the Connecticut premiere of THE PROM.
Video: Natalie Weiss Performs 'So Far Away' From BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Olney Theatre Center

An all new video has been released of Natalie Weiss performing the classic Carole King tune, 'So Far Away' from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Check out the video here!
Cast and Creative Team Set for BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at ZACH Theatre

ZACH Theatre has revealed the cast and creatives for the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. See who is staring and learn how to purchase tickets.
Julia Bogdanoff and Ben Laxton Lead BEAUTIFUL at Weathervane Theatre

Julia Bogdanoff and Ben Laxton star in BEAUTIFUL at Weathervane Theatre, running now through June 22nd.
Photos: First Look at BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has released a first look at production photos from their production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Check out the photos here!
Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Shines Bright at Paper Mill Playhouse  

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is now on stage at Paper Mill Playhouse through June 30.  Music lovers and many more will be captivated by this production that showcases King’s influence on the music industry and tells her personal story on her rise to stardom.
Beck Center For The Arts to Present BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

Experience the inspiring journey of Carole King in BEAUTIFUL, featuring her rise to stardom and the creation of timeless hits. Join us for a musical celebration of her life and legacy at Beck Center.
Photos: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Opens At Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse has released opening night photos for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Performers and Presenters for 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala Includes Carrie Underwood, Kevin Bacon & More

Trey Anastasio, Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon p/k/a The Bacon Brothers, Cary Barlowe, Andra Day, Rodney Chrome, El Debarge, Missy Elliott, Jason Isbell, Nile Rodgers, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Deniece Williams and Paul Williams will either present and/or perform at the 53rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 13th at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Photos: First Look at Kennedy, Massell, and More in BEAUTIFUL at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse has released production photos for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, featuring a book by Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award nominee Douglas McGrath and words and music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil.
Cast Set For New London Production of THE WILD PARTY at EartH Hackney

A major new London production of the multi Tony-nominated Broadway musical THE WILD PARTY will open at EartH Hackney, a new 680-capacity venue in Dalston.
Natalie Weiss Will Play Carole King in BEAUTIFUL at Olney Theatre Center

Natalie Weiss, a Broadway performer and vocal teacher who gained viral fame and over a quarter-million subscribers to her YouTube channel “Breaking Down the Riffs,” will star in the title role of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in Olney Theatre Center's Roberts Mainstage.
Disney on Broadway Stars Will Unite for 30th Anniversary Sing-Along at BroadwayCon

In celebration of Disney on Broadway’s 30th anniversary, original stars James Monroe Iglehart (2014 Tony winner for Aladdin), Kara Lindsay (Newsies), Patti Murin (Frozen) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan) invite you to ‘Be Their Guest’ in a sing-along featuring fan favorite numbers from Disney on Broadway’s nine Broadway musicals, including 'Hakuna Matata,' 'Poor Unfortunate Souls,' 'Whole New World' and 'Let It Go.'
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Extended at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse is extending its production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical due to overwhelming demand. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at JCC CenterStage Theatre

What did our critic think of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at JCC CenterStage Theatre?
Legendary Songwriter Cindy Walker Posthumously Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Legendary country songwriter Cindy Walker has been posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, recognizing her enduring legacy in music.
Video: Get A First Look At BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Get a first look at Paramount Theatre’s production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.  Before she was the Carole King we know today, she was a young songwriter from Brooklyn trying to make a name for herself. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of her remarkable rise to stardom with her husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, and how she went on to become one of the most successful singers, songwriters and musicians in contemporary music history. 
Interview: MSMT in 2024: Raring to Go & Bursting at the Seams

“The world is coming back online, and people are getting back to who they were before the pandemic,” declares MSMT Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. “Ticket sales are as close as they have come to pre-pandemic levels, and there is an extraordinary buzz surrounding the upcoming 2024 season.” 

Cynthia Weil FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Cynthia Weil written?

Cynthia Weil has written 5 shows including Dancin' (Composer/Lyricist), Just Once (Composer/Lyricist), They Wrote That? (Songs), Mask (Lyricist), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Composer).

Get Cynthia Weil Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Videos