BRONTÉ BARBÉ TO PLAY CAROLE KING
Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner in association with Michael Harrison have announced today that Bronté Barbé will play ‘Carole King’ in the UK and Ireland tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Bronté will be joined by Kane Oliver Parry as King’s husband and song-writing partner ‘Gerry Goffin’, Amy Ellen Richardson as song-writer ‘Cynthia Weil’, Matthew Gonsalves as song-writer ‘Barry Mann’, Carol Royle as King’s mother ‘Genie Klein’ and Adam Howden as music publisher and producer ‘Donnie Kirshner’. At certain performances, ‘Carole King’ will be played by Leigh Lothian. The show opens at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 9 September 2017. Tour dates below.
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL received its Broadway premiere in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses and throughout 2015/2016 it toured the US. The London production will end its triumphant two and a half year run at the Aldwych on 5 August. The Tokyo production opened this July and the Australian production will open in September.
Bronté Barbé was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC1 television series “Over The Rainbow” in 2010. Since then she has appeared on stage in both London’s West End and around the UK. Previous credits include “Cool Rider” in the West End and ‘Princess Fiona’ in the UK Tour of “Shrek -The Musical”. She most recently starred in “The Wild Party” at The Other Palace.
Kane Oliver Parry has starred in “Carousel” and “Sweeney Todd” at London’s Coliseum. West End credits include “Wicked” and “Urinetown”. Kane also appeared in “The Light Princess” at the National Theatre and the International Arena Tour of “We Will Rock You”.
Amy Ellen Richardson’s West End theatre credits include “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Crazy For You” and “Les Misérables”. After appearing in the UK Tour of “Singin’ in the Rain”, Amy recently reprised the role of Kathy Selden in Tokyo at Theatre Orb.
Matthew Gonsalves is currently appearing in the West End production of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”. His other theatre credits include “Dirty Dancing” and “Dreamboats and Petticoats” both on UK Tour. Matthew has also been a singer and vocal arranger for artists including Florence and the Machine, Westlife, Will Young, Leona Lewis, and Barry Manilow.
Carol Royle’s theatre credits include “Moonlight” at the Donmar and the UK Tour of “An Ideal Husband”. Carole has also appeared in many television series including “Crossroads”, “Casualty”, “Doctors” and “Life Without George”.
Adam Howden’s previous theatre credits include Offie nominated “The Talented Mr Ripley”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Richard III” and “Spring Awakening”. Television credits include “Doctors”, “The Interns”, “Whitechapel”, “New Tricks” and “Holby City”.
Leigh Lothian is currently appearing in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” at the Aldwych Theatre. Her other West End credits include “Chariots of Fire” at the Gielgud Theatre. Leigh has also appeared in “The Beautiful Game” at the Union Theatre and “Avenue Q” and “Kiss Me, Kate”, both at the Gatehouse Theatre.
The cast is completed by Merryl Ansah, Lauren Byrne, Matt Campbell, Khalid Daley, Jessica Joslin, Esme Laudat, Emma Lucia, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Paige Miller, Matt Mills, Simeon Montague, Ben Morris, David O’Mahony and Saran Webb.
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL 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 wrote the soundtrack to a generation, including one of the best-selling albums of all time, Tapestry, and countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof and The Locomotion. The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get out of This Place. It has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Tour dates are as follows;
SATURDAY 9 – SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER
BRADFORD ALHAMBRA www.bradford-theatres.co.uk
TUESDAY 19 – SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH www.theatreroyal.com
TUESDAY 26 – SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
MAYFLOWER SOUTHAMPTON www.mayflower.org.uk
TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
TUESDAY 10 – SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER
SOUTHEND CLIFF’S PAVILION www.southendtheatres.org.uk
TUESDAY 17 – SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL www.trch.co.uk
TUESDAY 24 – SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST www.goh.co.uk
MONDAY 30 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER
WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF www.wmc.org.uk
TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME www.birminghamhippodrome.com
TUESDAY 14 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL www.theatreroyal.co.uk
TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER
HULL NEW THEATRE www.hulltheatres.co.uk
TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER
EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse
TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2017 – SATURDAY 6 JANUARY 2018
MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester
TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 20 JANUARY
BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
TUESDAY 23 – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY
HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE, ABERDEEN www.aberdeenperformingarts.com
TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
TUESDAY 13 – SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY
KINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre
TUESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre
TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 3 MARCH
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre
TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 MARCH
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE THEATRE www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
TUESDAY 27 – 31 MARCH
MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY www.marlowetheatre.com
TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 7 APRIL
BRISTOL HIPPODROME www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome
TUESDAY 24 – SATURDAY 28 APRIL
REGENT’S THEATRE STOKE-ON-TRENT – www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre
TUESDAY 8 – SATURDAY 12 MAY
NEW THEATRE OXFORD – www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford
TUESDAY 5 – SATURDAY 9 JUNE
DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED. For further information: www.beautifulmusical.co.uk/tour