Janson takes over the role of Carole King from Katie Brayben, who originated the role in the London production. She is joined in the new cast by Diane Keen, who replaces Glynis Barber as her mother, Genie King.
They will play their first performance in the multi award-winning West End musical tonight, alongside continuing lead cast members Alan Morrissey as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Man and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.
The current cast also includes Gavin Alex, Hannah Jay Allan, Vivien Carter, Dom Hartley Harris, Leo Ihenacho, Matt Nalton, Earl E. Perkins, Jay Perry, Sharon Rose, Tanisha L Spring, Danielle Steers and Joanna Woodward, who play various iconic performers and band members from the era. Ensemble members include Koko Basigara, Ashford Campbell, Matthew Colthart, Rosie Heath and Leigh Lothian.
The show is inspired by the life and career of legendary singer/song-writer Carole King.
Beautiful The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
The musical made its world premiere in San Francisco in October 2013 and opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2013, winning two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. It received a West End transfer the following year, opening at the Aldwych Theatre on 25th February 2015 (following previews from 10th Feb). The London production was nominated for eight Laurence Olivier Awards and took home two, including Best Actress in a Musical for Katie Brayben in the title role.
A US Tour was launched in Rhode Island in September 2015.
Beautiful has a book by Douglas McGrath, with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The show is directed by Marc Bruni and features choreography by Josh Prince, set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, sound by Brian Ronan, and orchestrations and music arrangements by Steve Sidwell. The cast of 26, accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra, perform such Carole King classics as ‘So Far Away’, ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’, ‘Take Good Care of my Baby’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘Up on the Roof’, ‘Locomotion’, ‘One Fine Day’, ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ and ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, along with hits like ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, ‘On Broadway’ and ‘Uptown’ from songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Producers are Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish & Trinchero and Jeremiah J. Harris.
Cassidy Janson most recently appeared in the West End as Ruth in Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios. She has also played the principal role of Maggie in Lend Me A Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre and Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in Avenue Q at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Her other stage credits include Candide and Tick Tick Boom for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Blood Wedding at the Courtyard Theatre, Rooms: A Rock Romance at the Finborough and Company at the Southwark Playhouse. She was also Standby Elphaba in the original London cast of Wicked. Her film credits include The Hike, Tail’s End, Day Trip to London, Full Circle and Coma. She has recently guested with The Jive Aces performing at Glastonbury and Ronnie Scott’s and her television appearances include Casualty.
Diane Keen starred in the late 70s sitcoms Rings On Their Fingers with Martin Jarvis and You Must be the Husband with Tim Brooke-Taylor, both for the BBC. She played the leading role in Foxy Lady and starred opposite David Roper and Lewis Collins in The Cuckoo Waltz, both for Granada. She played Practice Manager Julia Parsons in the BBC daytime soap Doctors from 2003-2012. Her additional television credits include Sandbaggers, September Song, Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Brookside as well as guest appearances in The Professionals, Taggart, Minder, A Touch of Frost, and most recently New Tricks. Her film credits include Sweeney!, Thirteen at Dinner, Silverdream Racer, Judas and Jesus and Nowhere in Africa. As well as a season for the Bristol Old Vic, her theatre credits include tours of Same Time Next Year, Ladybird, The Vagina Monologues, Small Hand and You’re Never Too Old.
Beautiful The Carole King Musical is currently booking until 29th October 2016 at the Aldwych Theatre.
Evenings: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm