Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Currently on sale until December 30, 2017
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Before she was Carole King, superstar—she was Carol Klein, teenage songwriter. Her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Beautiful’s performance schedule varies and is subject to change.
Monday: No Performance
Saturday: 2PM & 8PM
Sunday: 2PM & 7PM
Musical, Student & Family Friendly
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 W. 43rd St (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
There is no foul language and only a small reference about the use of marijuana. Full of famous Carole King tunes, this show is fun for the whole family and most appropriate for ages 13 and up.
CHILINA KENNEDY - Carole King
Broadway: “Mary Magdalene” in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. 1st National Tour: “Sophie” in Mamma Mia!. Selected Regional: “Pheobe D’Ysquith” in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder (CT and San Diego Critics’ Circle Nominations), “Evangeline” in Evangeline (original production and album), Ross Petty’s Panto The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival including “Maria” in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere Toronto).
JAKE EPSTEIN – Gerry Goffin
Jake originated the part of Gerry Goffin and is delighted to reprise his role. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Spider-Man (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Straight (Theater Row). National Tours: Spring Awakening (Melchior), American Idiot (Will), Billy Elliot (Tony). Recently, Jake co-wrote and starred in the play Therefore Choose Life in Toronto. Selected Film/TV: Degrassi (Gemini Award), Designated Survivor, Ransom, Remedy, Full Out and Fourth Man Out.
JESSICAN KEENAN WYNN - Cynthia Weil
Jessica Keenan Wynn is excited to return to her sassy, retro pumps in BEAUTIFUL! She made her NY debut in the musical adaptation of the cult-classic film, Heathers, starring as Heather Chandler at New World Stages. She toured the U.S. and Canada in the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables. She was featured in Hairspray and Life Could Be a Dream at the Hollywood Bowl. Jessica has participated in many workshops, including the role of sex therapist Dr. Leslie Rosen in the NY workshop of Broadway-bound First Wives Club. TV: “Billions,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Knick,” “Forever” and her unforgettable performance at age six months on the classic comedy “The Golden Girls.”
BEN JACOBY – Barry Mann
Broadway Debut. National Tour: Cameron Mackintosh’s re-imagined, 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul, original cast). Regional credits include: Sense and Sensibility (Milwaukee Rep.), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), South Pacific, 9 to 5 (Marriott Lincolnshire), Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Utah Shakespeare Festival), The Glass Menagerie (Weston Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse), The Light in the Piazza (Maine State). Television: “The Good Wife” (CBS). Ben holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine and is a proud graduate of Denison University.
DOUGLAS MACGRATH – Book
Douglas McGrath is a filmmaker and playwright. His play Checkers opened the 30th anniversary season at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway, for which they were nominated for an Academy Award.
GERRY GOFFIN -Words & Music
Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Gerry Goffin met Carole King at Queens College, and their musical collaboration began almost immediately. They married in 1959, and that same year wrote their first hit song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (The Shirelles). The duo penned over fifty Top 40 hits including “The Locomotion,” “Natural Woman,” and “Up On The Roof.” In 1987, Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Goffin has left an indelible mark on American music.
CAROLE KING - Words & Music
Pop music would be very different without the contributions of Carole King, who wrote her first #1 hit at age 17 with Gerry Goffin, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” for the Shirelles. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period became legendary, but it was 1971’s Tapestry that took King to the pinnacle, speaking personally to her contemporaries and providing a spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles and 6 Grammys.
BARRY MANN - Words & Music
Barry Mann has written the melodies of some of the most influential pop songs in musical history. In addition to “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” most played song of the last century, and the songs heard in Beautiful, he has composed later standards like “Somewhere Out There” (winner of 2 Grammys), “Here You Come Again,” “Sometimes When We Touch,” “Just Once” and “Don’t Know Much.” Together, he and Cynthia Weil have amassed an incredible 112 pop, country and R&B awards from Broadcast Music Inc. for significant radio air play. He has been inducted into both the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
CYNTHIA WEIL - Words & Music
Cynthia Weil is known as the lyricist of classic songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, most played song of the 20th century. In addition to the songs heard in BEAUTIFUL, she has set the words to later standards like “Somewhere Out There,” “Here You Come Again,” “He’s So Shy,” “Just Once,” and “Don’t Know Much” to name just a few. Weil has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for “Somewhere Out There” as Motion Picture Song of the Year and Song of the Year.
MARC BRUNI – Director
The Explorers Club (MTC), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside), Pipe Dream (Encores!), Fanny (Encores!), Ordinary Days (Roundabout), Nerds (NC Theatre), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Paper Mill), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (PTC/Paper Mill), In the Mood (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Such Good Friends (NYMF Directing Award), High Spirits (York), Glimpses of the Moon (Oak Room) and 6 shows for the St. Louis MUNY including The Music Man, Sound of Music (Kevin Kline nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Legally Blonde, My One and Only,Seven Brides. Associate on numerous Broadway shows and tours including Book of Mormon and Anything Goes.