Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, about the life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, will begin performances on Broadway in Spring, 2014.
The new musical, featuring an array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, and a book by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath, will play a Fall 2013 pre-Broadway engagement, to be announced shortly.
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 hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her fairytale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's rise to stardom, alongside husband and co-writer Gerry Goffin and fellow song writers Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, set to the music that made her one of the recording industry's most enduring icons.
In a statement today, Carole King commented, "What's so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting. In fact, when Gerry and I first met, we made a bargain that I would write music for the Broadway show he wanted to write if he wrote lyrics for my rock 'n roll songs. The songs took off, and the show idea never came to fruition. Now that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we've come full circle."
Casting and other news from Beautiful will be announced shortly.