The cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the smash hit musical about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will perform in City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival in Central Park for one-night-only. The free event, hosted by NBC’s Hoda Kotb, will be comprised of all of the classic hits from the Broadway production, performed concert-style in Central Park. The evening will begin with special opening guest artist Scott Shea. Beautiful, the quintessential New York musical, which is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43 St), will be the first running Broadway musical to perform as part of the SummerStage festival.
The current Broadway cast of Beautiful includes Chilina Kennedy as ‘Carole King’, Scott J. Campbell as ‘Gerry Goffin’, Jessica Keenan Wynn as ‘Cynthia Weil’, Tony® Award-nomineeJarrod Spector as ‘Barry Mann’, Paul Anthony Stewart as ‘Don Kirshner’, Tony® Award-nomineeLiz Larsen as ‘Genie Klein’, and an ensemble that includes Gisela Adisa, Andrew Brewer, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rebecca E. Covington, Josh Davis, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Aisha Jackson, Brittney Johnson, Sara King, Julia Knitel, Douglas Lyons, Gabrielle Reid, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall and Alan Wiggins.
With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin / Carole King and Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight Records), the 2015 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on CD, digitally, and on vinyl. In addition to the hit Broadway production, which has broken all box office records and recently became the highest grossing show in the history of the Sondheim Theatre, Beautiful opened to rave reviews at London’s Aldwych Theatre in February 2015 (where the show was nominated for 8 Olivier Awards and won two), and will launch its First National Tour in September 2015.
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable 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. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Scott Shea is a rare artist whose stunningly well-crafted songs take the listener on an emotional journey. Combining memorable hooks and rugged authenticity, delivered in his bourbon soaked voice, Scott draws you in to a place you want to revisit, time and again.
Scott’s debut solo CD Let It Storm, recorded in Austin TX, featuring Willie Nelson’s sister Bobbie is considered ‘Folk/Americana’, with acoustic based songs, haunting, catchy melodies and vivid imagery focusing on universal themes of love, hope and loss with the occasional spiritual undertone. As the son of legendary folk lead guitarist Red Shea (Gordon Lightfoot) it’s no wonder Let It Storm already sounds like the stuff classics are made of.
Scott has just completed a West to East tour selling out shows across the country performing work off his debut Let It Storm and the new album being recorded this fall; warming hearts and touching souls with songs that feel instantly familiar.