Broadway smash hit Beautiful The Carole King Musical comes to London

Performances from 10 February 2015

Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, London, WCDB 4DF

Lessee: Nederlander Theatres (Aldwych) Limited

Douglas McGrath is a filmmaker and playwright. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway for which they were nominated for an Academy Award. His first film as writer/director was his adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. He also wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, which won the Best Ensemble Cast from the National Board of Review, Company Man, Infamous, and His Way. His play Checkers opened the 30th anniversary season at New York’s Vineyard Theater. His book for Beautiful was nominated for a Tony Award. He has just directed a documentary about Mike Nichols for HBO.

Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Gerry Goffin met Carole King at Queens College, and their musical collaboration began almost immediately. They married in 1959, and that same year wrote their first hit song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (The Shirelles).

The duo penned over fifty Top 40 hits including “The Locomotion”, “Natural Woman”, and “Up On The Roof”. In 1987, Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Goffin passed away on June 19, 2014. His work has left an indelible mark on pop music.

Pop music would be very different without the contributions of Carole King, who at age 17 wrote her first #1 hit with Gerry Goffin, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, for the Shirelles. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period became legendary, but it was 1971’s Tapestry that took King to the pinnacle, speaking personally to her contemporaries and providing a spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles and six Grammys.

Barry has written the melodies of some of the most influential pop songs in musical history. In addition to ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, the most-played song of the last century, and the songs heard in Beautiful, he composed later standards like ‘Somewhere Out There’ (winner of two Grammys), ‘Here You Come Again’, ‘Sometimes When We Touch’, ‘Just Once’ and ‘Don’t Know Much. Together, he and Cynthia Weil have amassed an incredible 112 pop, country and R&B awards from Broadcast Music Inc. for significant radio air play. He has been inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cynthia is known as the lyricist of classic songs such as ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, the most-played song of the 20th century. In addition to the songs heard in Beautiful, she set the words to later standards including ‘Somewhere Out There’, ‘Here You Come Again’, ‘He’s So Shy’, ‘Just Once’ and ‘Don’t Know Much’, to name just a few. Weil has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for ‘Somewhere Out There’ as the Motion Picture Song of the Year and Song of the Year.

Marc is currently represented on Broadway and the West End by Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, winner of two 2014 Tony Awards. Off Broadway: The Explorers Club (MTC), Old Jews Telling Jokes (NY and Chicago, Jeff Award Nomination). Other directing credits include The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), Pipe Dream (Encores!), Fanny (Encores!), Ordinary Days (Roundabout), In the Mood (Berkshire Theatre Festival), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Paper Mill/Philadelphia Theatre Company), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Paper Mill), Such Good Friends (NYMF Directing Award), High Spirits (York Mufti), Glimpses of the Moon (Oak Room) and six shows for the St. Louis MUNY: The Music Man, Sound of Music (Kevin Kline Nominations), Legally Blonde, My One and Only, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He has been associated with Walter Bobbie, Kathleen Marshall, Jerry Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, and Jerry Zaks on 15 Broadway shows including The Book of Mormon, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Anything Goes, Legally Blonde, The Pajama Game, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Sweet Charity, High Fidelity, Wonderful Town, La Cage Aux Folles, and Little Shop of Horrors. As part of his involvement with Legally Blonde, Marc was featured on MTV’s Search for Elle Woods. Upcoming: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (National Tour), Paint Your Wagon (Encores!).

Broadway/US National Tour/West End Choreography: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Astaire Award Nomination), Shrek,The Musical (Dreamworks Theatricals; Outer Critics Circle Nomination). Off-Broadway: The Kid (The New Group), Bunty Berman Presents (The New Group). New York City: The New York Choreographic Institute (City Ballet). Columbia Ballet Collaborative (2013), The Bridge Project (BAM/The Old Vic ’09/’10, dir. Sam Mendes), The Jerry Springer Opera (starring Harvey Keitel) at Carnegie Hall, Camelot (starring Gabriel Byrne) with the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center (PBS), and All Singing All Dancing (Town Hall). London: My Fair Lady, BBC Proms 59 (Dir/Chor) (Royal Albert Hall – BBC Proms, John Wilson conductor), Singin’ In the Rain (Royal Festival Hall, John Wilson conductor). Regional: Josh has also had the pleasure of choreographing for the incomparable Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno for The Latino Inaugural 2013, as well as The Spring Gala also at The Kennedy Center hosted by Liza Minelli in 2010. Josh is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Broadway Dance Lab – a non-profit organization designed to encourage the use of dance in musical theater storytelling from the beginning stages of a show’s development.

Broadway: Beautiful, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business…, Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo…., Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations (Tony Award, Best Scenic Design), Grease, Little Women, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife, The Women, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: Ruined, Lie of the Mind, Marie and Bruce, Starry Messenger, The Voysey Inheritance, Two Trains Running, Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party, Aunt Dan and Lemon. Recently designed the 2014 Oscars, the 2013 Oscars, as well as NBC’s Sound of Music, Live and Peter Pan, Live. Opera and theatre designs in London, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Moscow, Krakow, Sydney, and Warsaw. Awards: Winner of 1997, 2004 OBIE Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award, 2011 Drama Desk Award, 2014 Emmy Award.

Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Off Broadway: Nightingale and Grace, both starring Lynn Redgrave, Tryst, John Patrick’ Shanley’s Storefront Church, Old Jews Telling Jokes (Off-Broadway and Chicago), Rooms: A Rock Romance. American Regional Theater credits include: The Pre-Broadway production of Allegiance starring Lea Salonga (The Old Globe), the World Premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse), the US premiere of The Witches of Eastiwck, and numerous productions at Goodpseed Musicals: including the World Premiere of Irivng Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof. Operatic work includes: The Sound of Music (Chicago Lyric Opera), Séance on a Wet Afternoon starring Lauren Flanigan (New York City Opera and Opera Santa Barbara) as well as productions at Minnesota Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. His other creative credits include designs for Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey’s Circus and Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes. Currently residing in New York City, this Argentinian born Designer is the proud recipient of the Theatre Development Fund’s Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.

Broadway: more than 50 plays and musicals including Living on Love, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Assembled Parties, Nice Work …, Wit, Venus in Fur, Anything Goes, A View from the Bridge, Grey Gardens, Contact, The Producers, Kiss Me, Kate, She Loves Me, Steel Pier.

Previous west end transfers: Driving Miss Daisy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Jackie: An American Life, Contact, Kiss Me, Kate, The Producers, She Loves Me.

Extensive credits with companies such as Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout, New York Shakespeare Festival, The New Group, Playwright’s Horizons, 2nd/Stage, Classic Stage, Signature, The Vineyard, and Encores!

Opera: the Met, NYCO, San Francisco, Houston Grand, Dallas, Santa Fe, St. Louis, LAMCO, Seattle. Abroad: Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera/North, Edinburgh Festival, Maggio Florence, L’Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Bonn, Lisbon.

Awards: recipient of Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Dramalogue, Ovation, Hewes.