Beautiful - The Carole King Story

2020 Adelaide Fringe

Production Team Director: David Gauci
Musical Director: Peter Johns
Choreographer: Shenayde Wilkinson-Sarti

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Beautiful tells the story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Carole King’s music was the soundtrack to a generation, and the story of her journey from teenage songwriter to Grammy-winning superstar will amaze and move you. A 2014 Best Musical Tony Award nominee, Beautiful features a song list jam-packed with timeless hits, such as “So Far Away,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and many many more.

Production dates are February 19 – 29 for 10 Shows. The production will be staged and rehearsed at The Star Theatre; 145 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton. Rehearsals for principals and support cast will begin in December 2019 with the remaining cast commencing rehearsals from January 5, 2020.

Auditions will be held on July 21 at the Star Theatre there will be a single dance audition held on the same day for all people considering featured and ensemble roles. There will also be a small dance troupe as part of the ensemble.

Full character information and audition requirements are now available – see below.

People considering auditioning for the show should make themselves acquainted with the music of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Little Eva, The Monkeys and The Righteous Brothers.

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Principal Roles

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Carole King

From New York City and lives with her Jewish mother in Brooklyn. Young Carole is an aspiring singer- songwriter, with an ambitious drive for success. She is unique, funny, and often vulnerable, although she is determined to ‘make it’ in the tough music industry. Carole is a talented pianist and prefers writing the songs to performing them. As such, she becomes shy and slightly overwhelmed singing her own music. However, she grows in confidence throughout the show and finds the courage to sing her own music live. By the early 1970s, she is a confident, powerful, and passionate performer.

Carole meets Gerry Goffin at college and the two begin to write music together, while also starting a relationship. Carole falls pregnant unexpectedly while the pair are still teenagers, but she is delighted when Gerry proposes. Carole and Gerry have a very fruitful and successful writing relationship, churning out hit after hit. They are given an office at the exclusive 1650 Broadway and work for record producer, Donnie Kirshner. The pair also become good friends with fellow songwriters, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Carole is devastated when Gerry admits that he wants to have an affair with singer, Janelle Woods, but agrees to accept his infidelity in a bid to save her marriage. When Gerry has a breakdown, she is determined to help him and moves the family to the New York suburbs to get away from the craziness of the city. However, his next affair breaks her and Carole leaves her marriage and her life in New York behind to move to Los Angeles and find her own voice.

Genie Klein

Genie is Carole’s mother. She lives with her daughter and husband in Brooklyn, New York. Genie taught Carole to play the piano and she is proud of her daughter’s talent but also fiercely protective.

Don Kirshner

Don is a very successful record producer and music publisher who runs the studios at 1650 Broadway. He is a powerful man who has the ability to make or break a person’s career.

Gerry Goffin

He is Carole’s boyfriend and song writing partner. He is a cheeky, handsome rebel, which attracts Carole. The couple meet at college and find themselves about to become parents soon after. Gerry and Carole form a highly successful song writing partnership, churning out hit after hit. However, as in his personal life, Gerry is always seeking something more.

Cynthia Weil

Is a determined lyricist who shows up at the office of record producer Don Kirshner, determined to impress him. She is looking for a composer to collaborate with and soon join forces with Barry Mann. Cynthia becomes Carole’s best friend and supports Carole through her troubled marriage to Gerry.

Barry Mann

Barry is a songwriter who comes to work at the music studios in 1650 Broadway. He soon teams up with Cynthia Weil, a determined and ambitious lyricist. Barry falls for Cynthia and their professional relationship develops into a romantic one.

Featured Roles

Neil Sedaka

Is a phenomenally successful singer-songwriter and he appears in the musical as a young man. He dated Carole King in high school and wrote a song–”Oh! Carol”–about their relationship. Like Carole, Neil was born and raised in New York City.

Lucille

Lucille is Don Kirshner’s secretary. She works in the busy music industry and is used to people trying to get an appointment to see Don at any cost. Lucille is efficient at her job and does not suffer fools gladly.

Little Eva

Little Eva is a pop singer in the 1960s. She began working as a babysitter for Carole King and Gerry Goffin but, when they realized she could sing, became a pop singer. She sings on records produced at 1650 Broadway by Don Kirshner. Carole and Gerry wrote “The Loco-motion” for her

Janelle Woods

Janelle Woods is a pop singer in the 1960s. She performs “One Fine Day”, a hit single written by married songwriters, Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Janelle begins an affair with Gerry, with the begrudging consent of Carole.

Nick

Nick is a resident guitarist in the music studios at 1650 Broadway. He also plays live sessions at a New York club, The Bitter End. Nick realizes that Carole King is a talented singer, as well as songwriter, and he encourages her to sing live at the club.

Marilyn Wald

Marilyn is a pop singer in the 1960s. She sings on many of the tunes churned out of the music studios at 1650 Broadway. Marilyn is revealed to be having an affair with Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s husband.

Lou Adler

Lou Adler is an influential record producer and businessman in Los Angeles. He becomes Carole King’s producer when she moves to California after her marriage breaks down. Lou encourages Carole to embrace her heartbreak and the emotions personal songs stir up inside of her to produce the best music.

Betty

Betty is the childhood friend of Carole King. Like Carole, she is a New Yorker and goes to school with Carole. She is supportive of her friend and excited that Carole is trying to make it in the music business.

The Drifters – Clyde, Bill, Willie and Gerhart

“The Drifters were the all-time greatest Atlantic recording group” said Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Recording Company and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Shirelles –Shirley, Doris Coley, Addie and Beverly

Were an American Girl Group formed from a group of schoolmates. They were notable for their rhythm and blues, doo-wop and soul music and gaining popularity in the early 1960s.

The Righteous Brothers – Bill and Bobby

The Righteous Brothers were originally an American musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They began performing together in 1962 in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called the Paramours, but adopted the name “The Righteous Brothers” when they embarked on their recording career as a duo.

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Various Roles Available

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Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Feb 20th - 2nd March