Celebrated singer/songwriter and Brooklyn native Carole King will be in the spotlight in the new musical "Beautiful," which is set to begin previews on Broadway next month. NY1's Frank DiLella was on hand for the show's world premiere in San Francisco and filed the following report.
SAN FRANCISCO - Step aside, Frankie Valli and Janis Joplin. Another music great is about to "move" and "shake" things up on Broadway.
"Beautiful," the new Carole King bio-musical, is currently playing to sold out crowds out of town at The Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
The show follows the master artist from her early years up until her breakout 1971 "Tapestry" concert at Carnegie Hall.
One-time Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller plays King.
"To me, and the more and more I listened, I think the thing that you take away from her is her honesty when she sings and her joy when she sings," Mueller says.
While King's story is the focal point of "Beautiful," the musical also follows the collaboration, both in studio and out, between songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Like King, Weil and Mann are hit makers in their own right, having composed such notable songs like "On Broadway" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."
"I grew up loving Broadway and actually wanting to write for Broadway, and being a Broadway baby," Weil says. "So it's the ultimate for me, for this show to hit the Great White Way."
With almost two dozen songs in the show,by Mann, Weil and King, I couldn't resist the urge to ask some of the "Beautiful" cast members to sing me a reprise or two at the party following the world premiere.
Following its run at The Curran Theatre, "Beautiful" will begin previews on Broadway, starting on November 21.