Goffin-King '60s tunes set for B'way
Gerry Goffin and Carole King will be joining the Four Seasons and Abba on Broadway, if all goes according to plan for producers Richard East and Tim Woods.
East and Woods aim to produce “Natural Woman,” a new book musical employing the early ’60s tunes of songwriters Goffin and King, on the Rialto. East is one of the producers of the Abba tuner “Mamma Mia!”
This month, director Michael Blakemore (“Copenhagen,” “Kiss Me, Kate”) will helm a private staged reading of the musical for creatives and producers. Tom Wopat and Randy Graff will star.
A Gotham-set romance, the tuner will draw from the wide array of hits of Goffin and King (which include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “One Fine Day” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”), as well as new tunes by the duo, who have not worked together in more than 35 years.
The book is a group affair, with Rita Rudner and Blakemore on a list of scribes that includes screenwriters Janis Hirsch and Hannie Rayson, and frequent Rudner collaborator Martin Bergmann.
The genre of the catalog musical looked likely to fall completely out of favor on Broadway after high-profile flops such as “Good Vibrations,” “All Shook Up” and “Lennon.” This season’s smash “Jersey Boys” bucked the trend, although “Jersey” incorporates Four Seasons songs into a biographical narrative, as opposed to a fictional story a la “Mamma Mia!,” “Good Vibrations,” “All Shook Up,” and now “Woman.”
No definite timeline or casting for “Woman” has yet been set.