'Beautiful' to close at the End of October

NEW YORK — “Beautiful,” the Tony and Grammy Award-winning jukebox musical about the life and songs of Carole King, will close Oct. 27, 2019, producers announced Wednesday, after nearly six years on Broadway.

'Beautiful' to close at the End of October

The production, which opened in January 2014 and features a collection of beloved songs written by King, her ex-husband Gerry Goffin and writing partners Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, will have played 2,418 regular performances and 60 previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theater. It will close as the longest-running and highest-grossing show in that theater’s history: Since its opening, “Beautiful” has grossed nearly $250 million.

With a book by Douglas McGrath, "Beautiful” portrays King’s origins as a young songwriter in New York, her rocky marriage to her writing partner, Goffin, and the parade of hits she wrote for the Drifters (“Some Kind of Wonderful“), the Shirelles (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”), Aretha Franklin (“Natural Woman”) and later for her own chart-topping album “Tapestry.”

Over the years, the role of Carole King has been played by multiple performers. (“Beautiful” also featured King herself, who surprised audiences in January when she sang the final song onstage to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary.) Jessie Mueller, who opened the show in the role, won a Tony Award for best actress in a musical in 2014. After Mueller left in 2015 to star in “Waitress,” Chilina Kennedy took over and played King in more than 1,000 performances. Mueller’s sister, Abby, and actress Melissa Benoist have also played the lead.

And last month, Vanessa Carlton made her Broadway debut as King. She will remain in the role through Sept. 1.

The show is soon to embark on its fifth North American tour, with a sixth confirmed. There is also a film adaptation in the works from Sony Pictures, with Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Paul Blake attached to produce.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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