Carole King fans – and there are legions of us – got great news today. A musical about the life and career of the legendary songwriter will open on Broadway in Spring 2014, with a Fall 2013 pre-Broadway engagement.
The new musical, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” will feature songs written by [husband and co-writer] Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, and a book by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath.
The story chronicles the Brooklyn girl who fought her way into the record business as a teenager and by the time she reached her twenties, was married and had a hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll.
In a statement today, King commented, “What’s so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting. 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.”
Check out Carole King’s official Web site, and stay tuned for more details and casting announcements.