Musical (2014)

Musique: Carole King
Paroles: Carole King
Livret: Douglas McGrath
Production à la création:

Acte I
At Carnegie Hall in 1971, Carole King sings "So Far Away". Then, in Brooklyn 16-year-old Carole tells her mother, Genie, she is going into Manhattan to try and sell a song to Donnie Kirshner. In the long tradition of mothers, Genie is opposed to her daughter's wish and in the equally long tradition of teenagers not caring about their mother's opinion, Carole goes anyway. At 1650 Broadway, she hears the "1650 Broadway Medley". She then sings her new song "It Might As Well Rain Until September". Donnie says he will take it and hopes she has others. At Queen's College, Carole meets a handsome young lyricist named Gerry Goffin. They agree to collaborate, musically and romantically, which in both cases turn out to be a fertile arrangement. When they go to Donnie's to play their new song, Carole confesses to Gerry that she is pregnant. Gerry asks her to marry him. It gives her an extra depth of feeling when she sings their new song for Donnie, "Some Kind of Wonderful", which the Drifters then record.

They get an office at 1650. While there, Carole meets a new lyricist Cynthia Weil ("Happy Days Are Here Again") who is looking for a composer to work with. Gerry and Carole sing their new song "Take Good Care of My Baby", during which Barry Mann, the composer with the office next door, enters. Barry meets Cynthia and they decide to collaborate. As they begin to work, sparks fly. Donnie tells them he needs a song for the Shirelles. The couples compete for the job. In Donnie's office the next morning, Carole and Gerry present "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Cynthia and Barry perform "He's Sure the Boy I Love". Donnie picks Carole and Gerry's song for the Shirelles and it goes to Number One ("Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (Reprise)). And so, on either side of the same wall, a competition is born. The two teams turn out an amazing parade of songs: "Up on the Roof", "On Broadway", "The Locomotion", and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".

Gerry and Carole are at the taping of a TV special where their new song, "One Fine Day", is being performed by the dazzling Janelle Woods. During a break, Gerry confesses to Carole that he is restless in their marriage. He wants to sleep with Janelle, and he doesn't want to lie about it. Carole is stunned. As the song begins again, she takes it over and sings it herself.

Acte II
Carole is in a recording studio doing a demo of "Chains". Gerry is off with Janelle but tells her he will meet her later. Nick, a guitarist, asks Carole to come sing at the Bitter End sometime but she declines — she's a songwriter, not a singer. The thing with Gerry is getting her down so she goes and talks to Cynthia who is also having trouble with Barry — they split up. Carole decides to tell Gerry he has to end the affair with Janelle. As she leaves, Barry comes in. He and Cynthia make up and play their new song, "Walking in the Rain". Gerry shows up, but he is not making sense. He eventually has a breakdown. At the hospital, he tells Carole he will end the affair with Janelle and that he wants to come home. She suggests they make a new start and move to the suburbs ("Pleasant Valley Sunday").

Barry, Cynthia and Donnie come to see the new house. Barry plays their new song, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place". Depressed that he and Carole can't do as well, Gerry leaves in a funk for the city. While he is gone, it comes out that Barry and Cynthia have seen him with another woman, a singer named Marilyn Wald. Carole goes to Marilyn's apartment and Gerry is there. It's the final straw, and she ends their marriage. At the Bitter End, where Barry and Cynthia hear their song "Uptown", Carole explains she went to LA for a vacation and has started writing on her own. Nick, the guitarist from the studio who asked her to sing with his group is playing there and urges her to sing. She sings her new song, "It's Too Late". She decides to move to L.A. At 1650, she says goodbye to Donnie, Barry and Cynthia and plays them a parting present ("You've Got a Friend").

In L.A., she records her album, Tapestry. The session goes well until the last song which she is afraid to sing. It's a song she wrote with Gerry and she is afraid of the feelings it may stir up. Her producer, Lou Adler, persuades her. She sings "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". The album is a smash. Carole is at Carnegie Hall for her concert. Before the show starts, Gerry knocks on her dressing room door. He has brought her a good luck present, but has something even more valuable: an apology for all the ways he hurt her. With a full heart he wishes her well. Carole comes onto the stage of Carnegie Hall alone. She sits at the piano. Then with all the joy inside her, she sings "Beautiful".

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical had a pre-Broadway try-out in San Francisco, California at the Curran Theatre from September 24, 2013 through October 20, with an official opening October 8. The production was staged by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Josh Prince and musical direction by Jason Howland. Jessie Mueller played Carole King. The musical sold out its entire run at the Curran Theatre.

The musical opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on January 12, 2014, after previews from November 12, 2013. In addition to Mueller as King, the cast features Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil and Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann. King attended the April 3, 2014 performance and appeared on stage with the cast at the curtain call, singing "You've Got a Friend" together with them. A US tour is planned for 2015, beginning at the Providence Performing Arts Center in September.

The musical transferred to London's West End on February 25, 2015, following previews from February 10, 2015 at the Aldwych Theatre. Prior to the announcement, Baz Bamigboye from the Daily Mail reported that producers are looking for a full British cast for the transfer, meaning that Jessie Mueller would not transfer for the London production. On September 25, 2014, it was announced that British actress Katie Brayben would take the lead role of Carole King, with further casting including Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin, Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil and Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann. From November 30, 2015 Cassidy Janson takes the lead role of Carole King and Diane Keen replaces Glynis Barber in the role of Genie Klein.

The musical is expected to begin a U.S. tour starting in September 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Performing Arts Center, with engagements across the United States, ending in San Francisco in August 2016. The role of Carole King will be played by Abby Mueller (the sister of Jessie Mueller), with Liam Tobin as Gerry Goffin and Becky Gulsvig as Cynthia Weil.

Acte I
"Overture" - Orchestra
"So Far Away" - Carole King
"Oh! Carol" - Neil Sedaka (music and lyrics by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield)†
"1650 Broadway Medley" - Ensemble (arranged by Douglas McGrath, music and lyrics by various artists)
"It Might as Well Rain Until September" - Carole
"Be-Bop-A-Lula" (music and lyrics by Tex Davis and Gene Vincent) - Ensemble†
"Some Kind of Wonderful" - Carole, Gerry Goffin and The Drifters
"Happy Days Are Here Again" - Cynthia Weil (music by Milton Ager; lyrics by Jack Yellen)
"Take Good Care of My Baby" - Gerry and Carole
"Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" - Barry Mann (music and lyrics by Mann and Goffin)†
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" - Carole
"He's Sure the Boy I Love" - Cynthia and Barry (music and lyrics by Mann and Weil)
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Reprise) - The Shirelles
"Up on the Roof" - Gerry and The Drifters
"On Broadway" - The Drifters (music and lyrics by Mann, Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
"The Locomotion" - Little Eva and Ensemble
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" - The Righteous Brothers (music and lyrics by Mann, Weil and Phil Spector)
"One Fine Day" - Janelle, Carole, and Ensemble

Acte II
"Chains" - Carole and Ensemble
"Walking in the Rain" - Barry and Cynthia (music and lyrics by Mann, Weil and Spector)
"Pleasant Valley Sunday" - Marilyn Wald, Gerry, Carole and Ensemble
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place" - Barry (music and lyrics by Mann and Weil)
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Reprise) - Carole†
"Uptown" (music and lyrics by Mann and Weil) - Ensemble
"It's Too Late" (music by King; lyrics by Toni Stern) - Carole
"You've Got a Friend" - Carole, Barry, Cynthia and Don (music and lyrics by King)
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" - Carole and Ensemble (music and lyrics by Goffin, King and Gerald Wexler)
"Beautiful" (music and lyrics by King) - Carole
"I Feel the Earth Move" - Carole King and Ensemble (music and lyrics by King)

† Not included on the original Broadway Cast Album.

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Beautiful -The Carole king musical

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Beautiful -The Carole king musical

Version 1

Beautiful -The Carole king musical (2014-01-Stephen Sondheim Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Stephen Sondheim Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : Se joue actuellement
Nombre : 60 previews -
Première Preview : 21 November 2013
Première: 12 January 2014
Dernière: Open end
Mise en scène : Marc Bruni
Chorégraphie : Josh Prince
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Jessie Mueller (Carole King), Jake Epstein (Gerry Goffin), Anika Larsen (Cynthia Weil), Jarrod Spector (Barry Mann), Jeb Brown (Don Kirshner), Liz Larsen (Genie Klein), Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Shepard, Antoine L. Smith et Melvin Tunstall
Commentaires : Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful was the feel good hit of 2014 and continues to wow audiences nightly.

Since its Broadway debut, the production has garnered a host of Tony and Drama Desk Awards, as well as the 2015 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, and it's no wonder the bio-musical has been a hit with audiences too
Presse : Les critiques sont bonnes:

"Friendly, formulaic bio-musical." Ben Brantley for New York Times

"Too bad a great musical isn’t only about the music. The book is crucial, too — and this show’s connect-the-dots story line is so simplistic that the extravagantly talented King’s life emerges as a mundane version of the long-suffering little woman." Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

"The book is often heavy-handed, and Marc Bruni’s production only occasionally resurrects the bubbly verve and energy of those glorious songs." Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

"If you go to "Beautiful" for the songs, you'll probably have a great time. Just don't expect anything more." Robert Feldberg for The Record

"Fans will find "Beautiful" some kind of wonderful show." Toma Torre for NY1

"Serves up a tasty slice of Baby Boomer heaven." Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey

"This is entertaining boomer bait that elevates its by-the-numbers narrative with great songs.." David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

"Whenever this bio-musical stumbles over Douglas McGrath’s flat-footed book, helmer Marc Bruni rushes to the rescue with some snazzy piece of stagecraft for the sleek production numbers." Marilyn Stasio for Variety

Version 2

Beautiful -The Carole King musical (2015-02-Aldwych Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Aldwych Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 ans 5 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 10 February 2015
Première: 24 February 2015
Dernière: 05 August 2017
Mise en scène : Marc Bruni
Chorégraphie : Josh Prince
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Katie Brayben (Carole King), Cassidy Janson (Carole King from 30 Nov), Alan Morrissey (Gerry Goffin), Ian McIntosh (Barry Mann), Lorna Want (Cynthia Weil), Glynis Barber (Genie Klein), Diane Keen (Genie Klein from 30 Nov), Gary Trainor (Don Kirshner), Vivien Carter, Ed Currie, Oliver Lidert, Fela Lufadeju, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Terel Nugent , Jay Perry, Tanisha Spring, Lucy St. Louis, Danielle Steers, Dylan Turner, Joanna Woodwood, Andy Coxon, Jason Denton, Michael Anthony Duke, Joel Harper-Jackson, Rosie Heath, Aisha Jawando, Hannah Jay-Allan and Leigh Lothian.
Presse : "A workmanlike effort which has done great business on Broadway, and is likely to do a roaring trade in London too where the theatrical market for sounds-of-the-Sixties nostalgia has never been so buoyant." Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"The actress [Katie Brayben as Carole King] gives a wonderfully endearing performance that seems to soar beyond mere impersonation as it communicates King's warmth, modesty, self-deprecating humour, and touching integrity and projects the straight-from-the-heart candour of that nasal, husky, plaintively yearning singing voice." Paul Taylor for The Independent

"While the show is pleasant enough, it struck me as the theatrical equivalent of one of those bland Hollywood biopics in which a local boy or girl makes it to the top of the showbiz ladder. The show lacks the drama that some of us still hunger for in a musical." Micheal Billington for The Guardian

"Its Americanised, airbrushy niceness aside, this show is sweet and happy as pie. It milks the tear ducts, gives you a long list of searing songs and will send many a couple home arm-in-arm to the very suburbs Carole King adored." Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

"Those who like their entertainment edgy may regard Beautiful as polite to the point of being tame. But this gently enjoyable show deserves to find an audience — and will surely enchant Baby Boomers nostalgic for the sounds of the Sixties." Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

Version 3

Beautiful -The Carole king musical (2015-09-US Tour)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : 15 September 2015
Première: 15 September 2015
Dernière: Inconnu
Mise en scène : Marc Bruni
Chorégraphie : Josh Prince
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires : Liste des 59 salles visitées en annexe
Commentaires longs: 1) Sep 15, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 - Providence Performing Arts Center (Providence, RI)
2) Sep 23, 2015 - Oct 4, 2015 - Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham, NC)
3) Oct 6, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 - Opera House (DC) (Washington, DC)
4) Oct 27, 2015 - Nov 1, 2015 - Benedum Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
5) Nov 3, 2015 - Nov 15, 2015 - Opera House (MA) (Boston, MA)
6) Nov 18, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015 - Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)
7) Dec 1, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016 - Oriental Theatre (Chicago, IL)
8) Feb 23, 2016 - Mar 6, 2016 - Fox Theatre - St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
9) Mar 8, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016 - Auditorium Theatre - Rochester (Rochester, NY)
10) Mar 15, 2016 - Mar 20, 2016 - Shea's Performing Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)
11) Mar 22, 2016 - Apr 3, 2016 - Academy Of Music: Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA)
12) Apr 5, 2016 - Apr 17, 2016 - Connor Palace (Cleveland, OH)
13) Apr 19, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016 - Belk Theater (Charlotte, NC)
14) Apr 26, 2016 - May 1, 2016 - David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Tampa, FL)
15) May 3, 2016 - May 8, 2016 - Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando, FL)
16) May 10, 2016 - May 22, 2016 - Broward Center For The Performing Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
17) May 24, 2016 - May 29, 2016 - Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA)
18) May 31, 2016 - Jun 5, 2016 - Hobby Center For The Performing Arts (Houston, TX)
19) Jun 7, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016 - AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas, TX)
20) Jun 22, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016 - Pantages Theatre - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
21) Jul 19, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016 - Buell Theatre (Denver, CO)
22) Aug 2, 2016 - Aug 7, 2016 - San Diego Civic Theatre (San Diego, CA)
23) Aug 9, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016 - Orpheum Theatre - San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
24) Sep 20, 2016 - Oct 2, 2016 - The Smith Center (Las Vegas, NV)
25) Oct 4, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016 - Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA)
26) Oct 19, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016 - Paramount Theatre (Seattle, WA)
27) Nov 1, 2016 - Nov 6, 2016 - Keller Auditorium (Portland, OR)
28) Nov 8, 2016 - Nov 13, 2016 - INB Performing Arts Center (Spokane, WA)
29) Nov 15, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016 - George S. and Dolores Dor Eccles Theater (Salt Lake City, UT)
30) Nov 22, 2016 - Nov 27, 2016 - ASU Gammage (Tempe, AZ)
31) Nov 29, 2016 - Dec 3, 2016 - Morrison Center for the Performing Arts (Boise, ID)
32) Dec 6, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016 - Des Moines Civic Center (Des Moines, IA)
33) Dec 13, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017 - Fisher Theatre (Detroit, MI)
34) Jan 10, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017 - Wharton Center for the Performing Arts (East Lansing, MI)
35) Jan 17, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017 - Bushnell (Hartford, CT)
36) Jan 24, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017 - Hippodrome Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
37) Feb 1, 2017 - Feb 5, 2017 - Raymond F. Kravis Center For The Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, FL)
38) Feb 7, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 - Hayes Hall (Naples, FL)
39) Feb 14, 2017 - Feb 19, 2017 - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (Miami, FL)
40) Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 26, 2017 - Peace Center For The Performing Arts (Greenville, SC)
41) Feb 28, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017 - Orpheum Theatre - Memphis (Memphis, TN)
42) Mar 7, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 - Saenger Theatre (LA) (New Orleans, LA)
43) Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017 - Majestic Theatre - San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
44) Mar 21, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 - Bass Concert Hall at University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center (Austin, TX)
45) Mar 28, 2017 - Apr 2, 2017 - Municipal Auditorium Music Hall (Kansas City, MO)
46) Apr 4, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 - Orpheum Theater - Omaha (Omaha, NE)
47) Apr 12, 2017 - Apr 16, 2017 - Proctors (Schenectady, NY)
48) Apr 18, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017 - Landmark Theatre (Syracuse, NY)
49) Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017 - Altria Theater (Richmond, VA)
50) May 2, 2017 - May 14, 2017 - Aronoff Center For The Arts: Procter & Gamble Hall (Cincinnati, OH)
51) May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017 - Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts (Louisville, KY)
52) May 23, 2017 - May 28, 2017 - Andrew Jackson Hall At Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Nashville, TN)
53) May 30, 2017 - Jun 4, 2017 - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (Appleton, WI)
54) Jun 6, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017 - Ohio Theatre (Columbus, OH)
55) Jun 13, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 - Overture Center (Madison, WI)
56) Jun 20, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 - Uihlein Hall At Marcus Center (Milwaukee, WI)
57) Jun 27, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 - Ed Mirvish Theatre (Toronto, ON)
58) Sep 12, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 - Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, TX)
59) Dec 4, 2017 - Dec 26, 2017 - Oriental Theatre (Chicago, IL)


Beautiful -The Carole King musical (2015-02-Aldwych Theatre-London)

Qualité: ***** Intérêt: ***
Anglais Durée: