A new Broadway stage production based on the life and music of Carole King is scheduled to open in New York City in the spring of 2014. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will trace the acclaimed singer/songwriter's life from her childhood in Brooklyn through her years at the famed Brill Building during the 1960s composing tunes alongside her longtime collaborator and first husband, Gerry Goffin, and on to her massive success as a solo artist in the early 1970s.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will feature a book by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Douglas McGrath, nominated for for the 1995 Woody Allen film Bullets over Broadway, and a soundtrack that includes a tunes penned by King and Goffin, as well as by the famous songwriting duo of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
"What's so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting," says King in a statement. "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…we've come full circle."
Prior to the planned Broadway run, preview performances of Beautiful will be scheduled this fall somewhere outside of New York City. Dates for that engagement and details about the musical's cast will be revealed soon.
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