Published on August 17th, 2017 | by admin


Rehearsals have begun for the Australian premiere production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, starring multi-award winning leading lady Esther Hannaford as ‘Carole King’.

The inspiring Broadway hit musical starts performances at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Sunday 17 September.

Due to overwhelming demand, new seats are on sale from 9am today, with the season extended until Sunday 24 December 2017. Tickets are available from

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is ”A JOYOUS CELEBRATION” (Entertainment Weekly) of the legendary singer’s remarkable rise to stardom, including her relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Written by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, directed by Marc Bruni, and choreographed by Josh Prince, it features a feel-good song list jam-packed with timeless hits, including You’ve Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, It’s Too Late, Locomotion, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and I Feel the Earth Move along with chartbusting Mann/Weil tunes such
as You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

In Sydney to lead the Australian cast in rehearsals, original Broadway Director Marc Bruni said: “I can’t wait to share this uplifting true story with Australian audiences. I had no idea about Carole King’s early years until I worked on this project. I think it will leave people in equal parts surprised, inspired and delighted – just as I was when I first picked up the script.”

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Metro (UK)

Joining Esther Hannaford in the Australian cast are Green Room Award winner Josh Piterman as ‘Gerry Goffin’, accomplished musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer as ‘Cynthia Weil’, singer songwriter and The Voice favourite Mat Verevis as ‘Barry Mann’ plus stage veterans Mike McLeish as ‘Don Kirshner’ and Anne Wood as King’s mother, ‘Genie Klein’.

The cast also includes Jason Arrow, Stefanie Caccamo, Doron Chester, Barry Conrad, Andrew Cook, Marcus Corowa, Julia Dray, Akina Edmonds, Nana Matapule, Cameron MacDonald, Lorinda Merrypor, Joseph Naim, Ruva Ngwenya, Naomi Price, Rebecca Selley, Sean Sinclair, Angelina Thomson and Chloé Zuel.

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. She sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, at just 17. By the time she was 20 she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally
managed to find her own voice and step into the spotlight, becoming the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century with music that would become the soundtrack of a generation.

Beautiful opened on Broadway in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, where it won two Tony® Awards and the 2015 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The Broadway production has broken every box office record at the theatre, becoming the highest grossing show in the venue’s history. The London production opened in February 2015 winning two Olivier Awards and
is soon to embark on a national UK tour. The US touring production is currently wowing audiences throughout the country.

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The Huffington Post

In celebration of the Australian premiere of Beautiful, Sony Music Entertainment Australia has released a brand new tribute record, BEAUTIFUL – A TRIBUTE TO CAROLE KING. It features adaptations of Carole King’s classic songs sung by some of Australia’s favourite performers, including Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Samantha Jade, Dami Im and the musical’s own Esther Hannaford singing title track “Beautiful”.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
From Sunday 17 September 2017
Opening Night – Saturday 23 September 2017
Book at Ticketmaster 136 100
Groups 16+ call 1300 889 278 or
In person at the Sydney Lyric Theatre Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.
Tickets $60 – $195*
*Transaction fees apply
Follow Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on social media:
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