Jake Epstein (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Anika Larsen (Unbroken Circle), and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys) will join Jessie Mueller in the upcoming Broadway-bound production of Beautiful — The Carole King Musical. As previously announced, the musical will begin previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on November 21, with an opening set for January 12. Prior to its Broadway bow, the show will play an engagement September 24-October 20 at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
With Mueller as singer-songwriter King, Epstein will play her husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, with Larsen and Spector as their friends and fellow songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The company also includes Jeb Brown as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner, Liz Larsen as Carole's mother, Genie, as well as Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Shepard, Antoine L. Smith, and Melvin Tunstall.
Featured on the creative team are Derek McLane (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Charles G. LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Sidwell (orchestrations and music arrangements), Jason Howland (music supervision), John Miller (music coordination), and Stephen Kopel (casting).
Beautiful explores the early life and career of the four-time Grammy Award-winning King, from her Brooklyn upbringing (when she was still called Carol Klein) to her great success in the music industry with fellow writers and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and her husband, Gerry Goffin. Using a score culled from Goffin, King, Mann, and Weil's catalogue of hits, Beautiful features a book by Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath (Bullets Over Broadway). Marc Bruni (The Explorers Club) directs, with Josh Prince serving as choreographer.