Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have announced that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, about the life and career of Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Carole King, will begin performances on Broadway in Spring, 2014.

Casting and other news from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be announced shortly.

Long before she was Carole King: chart-topping music artist, she was Carol Klein: a 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 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. Which of Kings songs will be included in the score for the musical has not been announced.

In a statement Carole 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.
Along wioth her former husband, Carole King wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists during the 1960s, many of which have become standards: Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion," Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," The Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," The Drifters' "Some Kind of Wonderful," and many more.

King's 1972 album 'Tapestry' held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years until broken by Whitney Houston for the 1992 soundtrack album "The Bodyguard."

She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting .

In Apr 2012 King published her biography called "A Natural Woman: A Memoir."

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