The music of Billy Joel, ABBA, and Green Day have all inspired Broadway adaptations of their work—and now the catalog of Carole King will join their ranks. “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is heading to Great White Way in spring 2014. The production will chronicle the life of Brooklyn-born King, who worked her way into the record business as a teenager and would go on to write some of the most popular songs in rock ‘n’ roll history.
“What’s so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting,” said King in a statement.
The songs featured in the musicals are written by King, Gerry Goffin (King’s ex-husband), Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The book is by Douglas McGrath, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Bullets Over Broadway.”
Aside from her solo work, King is probably best known for the songs she wrote with Goffin, such as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “The Loco-Motion.” Her solo-credits include “I Feel the Earth Move” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” She has won four Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“Beautiful” will have a pre-Broadway engagement this fall at a theater TBA.