“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will open on Broadway in spring 2014.
The musical will present the life story of Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carole King, and also will hold an out of town pre-Broadway engagement later this year, though no city for that run has yet been announced.
The musical follows King’s life from the age of 16 to the age of 29, when she released Tapestry. The musical has a book by Douglas McGrath, who received an Academy Award for co-writing “Bullets Over Broadway” with Woody Allen. Music is by King, and her songwriting partner and first husband Gerry Goffin, as well as by contemporaries including Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing will produce the show, and casting and theater will be announced later.
“What’s so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting,” King said in a statement about the musical. “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 that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we’ve come full circle.”
Here’s how producer describe 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 hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her fairytale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, alongside husband and co-writer Gerry Goffin and fellow song writers Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, set to the music that made her one of the recording industry’s most enduring icons.