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Broadway’s ‘Beautiful’: The Porno Didn’t Make It Into the Musical

Carole King didn’t even show up for the Jan. 12 opening of “Beautiful,” the new Broadway musical that features her songs. But that’s no surprise.

Everyone knows she’s a supporter of the production — she sent flowers to star Jessie Mueller, which her daughter Sherry gave to the actress during the curtain call at the Stephen Sondheim Theater. King just doesn’t want to live through some of the show’s harder moments again.

Hit songwriting duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann did attend, however, and have loved reliving some of the moments portrayed in the production, they said at the afterparty at Cipriani Grand Central.

Plus, they’ve got stories to tell that didn’t make it into the show.

“At some point the four of us” — King, Weil, Mann and King’s ex-husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, all portrayed in “Beautiful” — “decided we’d never been to a real porno movie, so we all went to one together,” Weil said. “We’re talking Times Square, men in trench coats. But this was the ’60s, when a porno turned out to be a nudist playing volleyball!”

Both Weill and Mann have put aside songwriting for now to pen books. Mann’s at work on a memoir, and Weil is writing a young adult mystery for Soho Press. No one can accuse Weil of ignoring the old axiom to write what you know: The novel, titled (for now) “I’m Glad I Did,” takes place in the Brill Building in 1963.

(Pictured: Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann and Jerry Seinfeld at the opening of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”)

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