From First Date to Cabaret, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Musicals

By Playbill Staff
04 Apr 2014

Show: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Theatre: Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Preview: Nov. 21, 2013

Opening: Jan. 12
Closing: Open-ended

Creators: Book by Douglas McGrath. Music and lyrics by Barry Mann, Carole King, Cynthia Weil, Gerry Goffin. Direction by Marc Bruni. Choreography by Josh Prince
Original Principal Cast: Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein.
Synopsis: Here's how the creators bill the musical: "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 flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation."

Check out production photos from the show.

Watch video from Beautiful's opening night:

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