Music Theatre International Acquires Licensing Rights to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical | Playbill

Industry News Music Theatre International Acquires Licensing Rights to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical The long-running musical continues on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Music Theatre International has secured worldwide licensing rights to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which continues at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Carole King and Melissa Benoist at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Bruce Glikas/GettyEntertainment

With a book by Tony and Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features an array of songs written by the songwriting teams of Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Numbers include “So Far Away,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

Drew Cohen, President and CEO of MTI, stated, “Sitting in the Sondheim Theatre, you can't help but smile at the audience's elation and recognition each time a song begins. The enduring and ubiquitous Carole King catalog, blended with many other greatest hits of the era, are instantly familiar to audience members of all generations because these songs are everywhere even today.

“As told by Doug McGrath, Carole King's life story is funny and quite moving. It is an uplifting story of independence, self-empowerment and of course tremendous success. Anyone who sees the show wants to turn around and see it again—what more could a producer ask for? We are extremely proud to represent this exciting musical.”

Beautiful received its world premiere at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in October 2013. It made its Broadway debut at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014. A West End production began in February 2015, and a U.S. tour launched in September of that year.

Music Theatre International is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres the rights to perform the largest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists, and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials, and theatrical resources to over 60 countries.

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