Last night (9th February 2016) was Carole King’s birthday and at the Aldwych Theatre the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical celebrated its second birthday in the West End.
VIP guests at the celebrations included Ali Bastian, David Bradley, Lady Colin Campbell, Tony Christie, Antony Costa, Fleur East, Stacy Francis, Ainsley Harriott, Tina Hobley, Terry Jones, Pasha Kovalev, Larry Lamb, Jason Manford, Chris Moyles, Heidi Range, Rachel Riley, Sinita, Frank Skinner, Samantha Spiro, Chris Stark, Linzi Stoppard, Imogen Thomas and Jessie Wallace.
The West End production opened in February 2015 when Carole King surprised the opening night audience by joining the cast at the curtain call to sing You’ve Got A Friend. In July 2016 the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical joined Carole King on stage at her Hyde Park concert playing to over 65,000 people. In October 2014 Beautiful – The Carole King Musical received its world premiere on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre where it recently celebrated its third birthday. A US tour began in September 2015 and in September this year the UK tour will begin and the Australian production will open in Sydney.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing 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 West End cast comprises Cassidy Janson in the title role, Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, a role for which she won the 2015 Olivier for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann, Joseph Prouse as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner, Matthew Seadon-Young as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin and Barbara Drennan as King’s mother Genie Klein.
They are joined by Gavin Alex, Georgie Ashford, Koko Basigara, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ashford Campbell, Treyc Cohen, Natasha Cottriall, Michael Duke, Matthew Gonsalves, Jammy Kasongo, Leigh Lothian and Earl R. Perkins who play iconic musical performers and band members of the era and swings Derek Aidoo, Rosie Heath, Dominic Hodson, Emma Louise Jones, Jessica Joslin, Vicki Manser, David O’Mahony and Jaime Tait.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/ songwriter Carole King. Book is by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The production is directed by Marc Bruni with choreography is by Josh Prince, set designs by Derek McLane, costume designs by Alejo Vietti, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations and Music Arrangements are by Steve Sidwell.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical features the Carole King classics including 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.
The cake for last night’s birthday celebrations was made by Konditor and Cook.
49 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF
Monday – 7.30pm
Tuesday – 2.30pm
Wednesday – 7.30pm
Thursday – 2.30pm7.30pm
Friday – 7.30pm
Saturday – 2.30pm7.30pm
Sunday – No Show
Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Show Opened: 10th Feb 2015
Currently Booking Until: 22nd Jul 2017