A new musical centered around Carole King's life and career is set for a spring 2014 opening on Broadway. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be written by screenwriter Douglas McGrath – who was nominated for an Oscar for his script for 1994's Bullets Over Broadway – and will follow the singer-songwriter from her Brooklyn roots through her Brill Building years and marriage and partnership with Gerry Goffin. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it will feature music written by King, Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Paul Blake and Sony/ATV will produce the show.
"What's so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting," said King in a statement. "In fact, when Gerry and I first met, we made a bargain that I would write music for the Broadway show he wanted to write if he wrote lyrics for my rock & roll songs. The songs took off and the show idea never came to fruition. Now that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we've come full circle."
The production is currently working out a pre-Broadway, out-of-town tryout engagement this fall.