After 6 remarkable years on Broadway, the Tony, and Grammy Award winning, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical goes on tour, and it’s coming to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis! The inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter all the way to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring the string of pop classics Carole King wrote for the biggest acts in music, to her own life-changing, chart-busting success with Tapestry, Beautiful will take you back to where it all began, and onto a ride of a lifetime!
“Strikes genuine grace notes!” – NY Post
“Beautiful is a joyous celebration!” – Entertainment Weekly
Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and Natural Woman,” this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember, and a story you’ll never forget. The world of Pop music would be very different without the contributions of Carole King, who wrote her first number 1 hit with Gerry Goffin, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” at the young age of 17, for the Shirelles. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period became legendary, but it was Carol Kings 1971 album, Tapestry, that took her music to the peak, speaking personally to her contemporaries and providing a spiritual musical backdrop for the decade. Since then, more than 400 of her compositions have been re-recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in hundreds of hit singles and 6 Grammy Awards.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath, it tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, combined with other contemporary songs by Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector, and others. The show is directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Josh Prince, scenic design by Derek Mclane, costumes by Alejo Vietti, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound by Tony and Drama Desk Award winning Brian Ronan.
Grammy Award Winner for “Best Musical Theater Album” of 2015
The original production of Beautiful received its world premiere at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco, in October 2013, with direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, and starring Jessie Mueller in a Tony Award-winning performance as Carole King and Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin. It made its Broadway debut at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014, winning two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. A West End production starring Katie Brayben as Carole began in February 2015 where it won two Laurence Olivier Awards. Also in 2015, the album of music recorded from the production won the Grammy Award Winner for Best Musical Theater Album and a film adaptation was announced with Douglas McGrath adapting his book into a screenplay for the big screen.
“Out of control amazing!” – The Wall Street Journal
“Instantly joins the ranks of the irresistible!” – The Huffington Post
“A must see!” – NBC New York
“Watching Beautiful, the new jukebox musical celebrating the remarkable life and work of Carole King, you may not feel the earth move under your feet. But the new Broadway show emerges as a slick and joyous celebration of female empowerment. Like Jersey Boys, Beautiful features a smart, well-crafted, and often funny book (by Douglas McGrath) that cleverly threads together a memorable catalog of early rock hits such as ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ and ‘Take Good Care of My Baby.’ It also boasts a winning central performance by Jessie Mueller as the shy Jewish girl from Brooklyn who only gradually comes into her own as a headlining voice of a generation… Beautiful fills the charisma vacuum with the substantial addition of King and Goffin’s friendly songwriting rivals Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, played with megawatt scene-stealing abandon by Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector…” – By Thom Geier for Entertainment Weekly.