Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Press Night Pics: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical opens at the Aldwych Theatre

The West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical officially opened last night (24th Feb) at the Aldwych Theatre. Directed by Marc Bruni, the show has book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Guests in attendance included: Carole King as well as Kelly Adams, David Baddiel, Simon Bartholomew, Michael Brandon, Louise Brealey, Fiona Bruce, Petula Clark, Sara Cox, Graeme Clarke, Michelle Collins, Natalie Gumede, Jessica Hynes, Dawn Joseph, Camilla Kerslake, Lynda La Plante, Jan Kincaid, Andrew Levy, Cherie Lunghi, Barry Mann, Andrea Mclean, Elaine Paige, Claire Sweeney, Bruno Tonioli, Cynthia Weil, John Williams and Victoria Wood. Check out pictures from the evening below (click image to enlarge).

Katie Brayben leads the cast as Carole King. She stars alongside Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann, Alan Morrissey as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.

Vivien Carter, Ed Currie, Oliver Lidert, Fela Lufadeju, Tanya Nicole-Edwards, Terel Nugent , Jay Perry, Tanisha Spring, Lucy St. Louis, Danielle Steers, Dylan Turner and Joanna Woodwood play iconic musical performers and band members of the era. Andy Coxon, Jason Denton, Michael Anthony Duke, Joel Harper-Jackson, Rosie Heath, Aisha Jawando, Hannah Jay-Allan and Leigh Lothian complete the cast. 

 Barry Mann, Carole King and Cynthia Weil (left) & Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (right)

Bruno Tonioli (left) & Carole King and Katie Brayben (right)

Alan Morrissey, Carole King and Katie Brayben 

Carole King and Katie Brayben (left) & Carole King (right)

Cherie Lunghi (left) & Claire Sweeney (right)

Carole King on stage for finale

 Lorna Want, Ian McIntosh, Katie Brayben, Alan Morrissey, Glynis Barber and Gary Trainor

Douglas McGrath (left) & Elaine Paige (right) 

 Fiona Bruce (left) & Hannah Spearritt (right)

Ian McIntosh, Lorna Want, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann 

Jessica Hynes (left) & Katie Brayben and Alan Morrissey (right)

Katie Brayben  

Katie Brayben and Carole King  

Mark Ronson (left) & Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber (right)

Michelle Collins (left) & Mike Bosner and Paul Blake (right)

Lorna Want, Ian McIntosh, Katie Brayben, Alan Morrissey, Glynis Barber and Gary Trainor 

Petula Clark (left) &  Sara Cox (right)

 
Victoria Wood (left) & Anna Williamson

Photo Credit: Dan Wooller

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