Beautiful: About the Creators
Now playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. This jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath, tells the story of the early life of Carole King, as she grows from Brooklyn Girl into a legendary Singer Songwriter. Using original music that King composed with Gerry Goffin, the production also includes some songs from artists such as Barry Mann and Phil Spector.
Born Carol Joan Klein, Carole King began her songwriting career in the 60’s, alongside her then-husband, Gerry Goffin. Together, they wrote more than two dozen hits for a number of popular performers of the era. It was not until the 1970’s that King began to perform herself, accompanying herself on the piano in a number of performances and albums. Her second album, Tapestry, topped the US album charts for 15 weeks, and remained on the charts for six years. She has received four Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Of the musical based on her life and work, she has said: “What a gift. I loved it!”
After his separation from King, Gerry Goffin went on to be a hugely successful songwriter in his own right, penning such classic lyrics as “Saving All My Love For You,” made famous by Whitney Houston, and “Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To).” He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Carole King. Goffin passed away in June of 2014.
Bookwriter Douglas McGrath was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for his Bullets Over Broadway screenplay. He also wrote for Saturday Night Live and penned the popular screenplay to Emma, based on the Jane Austen novel.
This powerhouse creative team has come together with director Marc Bruni and choreographer Josh Prince to bring you a remarkable story about love and music.