Elena Ricardo, who understudied the role of Carole King in the Broadway production and recently played the part at Casa Mañana, will star in the title role, joined by Jake Bentley Young as Gerry Goffin, Jessica Rush as Cynthia Weil, Jack Cahill-Lemme as Barry Mann, Reed Campbell as Don Kirshner, and Jean McCormick as Genie Klein.
The ensemble will include Elizabeth Adabale, Courtney Blackmun, Kobe Brown, Justin Michael Duval, Seth Eliser, Tiffany Frances, Rachel Gubow, Christopher McCrewell, Ashley McManus, Michael Anthony Nero, Chris Richie, and Allie Seibold. Andrew Burke, Tony Collins, Selene Klasner, and Giselle Amarisa Watts will be Swings.
The biomusical follows King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Beautiful–The Carole King Musical opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre January 12, 2014. It played 2,418 regular performances and closed October 27, 2019. The show features a book by Tony and Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath with direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince. The score features popular songs written by King, Goffin, Weil, and Mann.
Marcos Santana will direct and choreograph the upcoming production, leading a creative team that also includes music director Camille Villalpando Rolla, scenic and lighting designer Jack Mehler, costume designer Travis M. Grant, co-sound designers Alex Berg and Don Hanna, hair and wig designer Rachel Padula-Shufelt, costume coordinator Kelly Baker, production stage manager Stephen MacDonald, assistant stage manager Dakotah Wiley Horan, and assistant music director Robert L. Rucinski.
Beautiful is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by owner and producer Bill Hanney, producing artistic director Kevin P. Hill, and associate producer and casting director Matthew Chappell.
North Shore Music Theatre will continue its 2023 season with The Sound of Music (July 11–23), Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville (August 15–27), The Full Monty (September 26–October 8), Elvis: A Musical Revolution (October 31–November 12), and the annual production of A Christmas Carol starring David Coffee (December 7–23).
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