Carole King’s life and times – and songs she wrote with her ex-husband, Gerry Goffin -- will be the stuff of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” whose producers are aiming for a spring 2014 opening on Broadway.
Playbill reports that producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are bannering the show’s story as the biographical account of “Carole Klein [King’s real name], Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah [who] fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll.”
Screenwriter Douglas McGrath (Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway”) is writing the book, and the show will also include songs by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, another early 1960s Brill Building songwriting couple whose oeuvre rivals Goffin-King.
In a news release about plans for the show, King said that “when Gerry and I first met, we made a bargain that I would write music for the Broadway show he wanted to write if he wrote lyrics for my rock 'n roll songs. The songs took off, and the show idea never came to fruition. Now that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we've come full circle.”