“Beautiful,” the Carole King musical that has snowballed into one of the top-selling titles on Broadway, has lined up plans to open a West End production early next year ahead of a U.S. national tour in fall 2015.
A London transfer had looked like a strong possibility for “Beautiful” ever since the show, buoyed by strong word-of-mouth and a seal of approval from King herself, began to pick up significant sales momentum in the weeks following its January opening. Given King’s broad fan base and the profile boost endowed on the show by its Tony Awards attention (including a lead actress trophy for star Jessie Mueller), a national tour also seemed a certainty.
“Beautiful” begins previews Feb. 10 and opens Feb. 25 at London’s Aldwych Theater. In fall 2015, the U.S. national tour will launch in September in Providence, R.I., with further stops penciled in for Chicago and L.A., among other cities.
No casting for London or the road have been set, although it seems possible that Mueller might hop the Pond to open the tuner’s West End production.
“Beautiful” draws on the song catalog of King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to recount the backstory of King’s personal life and rise to fame. Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing produce.