Opening on Broadway in 2014, Beautiful – The Carole King musical made its West End transfer just over a year later in 2015 and became an instant hit. Based on the early years of her career, Beautiful tells the story of Carole King’s rise to fame, from shy young girl writing hits for other artists to blossoming into the world famous singer-songwriter she is today. The ups and downs of showbusiness are explored, as are her marriage to songwriting partner Gerry Goffin and the friendly rivalry they shared with best friends and fellow writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. With hit songs You’ve Got a Friend, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, Take Good Care of my Baby and the iconic You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Beautiful is a celebration of the fantastic artistry of one of America’s greatest female musicians.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will play its final West End performance on 5th August 2017 before embarking on a UK tour. Don’t miss this celebration of one of the world’s most famous songwriters!
Beautiful stars Cassidy Janson as Carole King. Singer / actress Janson's other theatre credits include Dessa Rose at Trafalga Studios, Tick Tick Boom at Menier Chocolate Factory, Blood Wedding at Courtyard Theatre, Rooms: A Rock Romance at Finborough Theatre, Lend Me a Tenor at Gielgud Theatre, and was part of the original Wicked cast at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Her screen credits include Casualty and The Hike.
She is joined in the cast by Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil, Diane Keen as King’s mother Genie Klein, and Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner.
Brooklyn native Carole Klein was just an ordinary girl when she fought her way in the music industry. The extraordinarily talented songwriter sold her first song, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, at just 17 years old and was hitting the big time by age 20. Married to fellow songwriter Gerry Goffin, Carole had the dream family life as well as a sky-rocketing career, writing music for some of the biggest acts of the 1960s including Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, the Shirelles and the Monkees. As fame and fortune engulfed her, her personal life began to crack. But good things can come from the bad, and as she finds her own voice and steps into the limelight as Carole King, a musical icon is born. Heartbreak and sorrow are sewn together with King’s intense musicianship into a tapestry of hit songs that became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
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If it weren't for Goffin and King, we might never have had The Beatles - or at least, not as we know them.
Having spent the years from 1956 onward absorbing and emulating the sounds of early rock and roll, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (Ringo hadn't joined yet) fell instantly in love with the sophisticated 'girl group' sound that began filtering through to the UK from New York in 1960.
The Shirelles, whose timeless version of Will You Love Me Tomorrow launched their own career and that of its writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King, became a musical model for the Beatles, deeply influencing the moptops' three-part harmony and call-and-response vocal approach. George Harrison went as far as describing The Beatles as 'a sort-of male Shirelles'.
The songwriting partnership of Lennon-McCartney focused itself intently not just on the Shirelles' records, but on the methods of the songsmiths behind them - Goffin and King - and consciously aimed at becoming Carole and Gerry's British counterparts. The Beatles paid explicit homage to Goffin and King on their debut album 'Please Please Me', which features a cover version of G & K's Chains, which had previously been a hit for girl group The Cookies.
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