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 songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, Amy Ellen Richardson as Cynthia Weil, Matthew Gonsalves as 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.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical opens at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 9 September 2017.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical received its Broadway premiere in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre where it continues. It also toured the US throughout 2015-16.
The London production will end its 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 [pictured left] has starred in Carousel and Sweeney Todd at London’s Coliseum. West End credits include Wicked and Urinetown. Parry 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, Richardson 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.
Carol Royle’s theatre credits include Moonlight at the Donmar and the UK tour of An Ideal Husband.
Adam Howden’s previous theatre credits include Offie-nominated The Talented Mr Ripley, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III and Spring Awakening.
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. Lothian 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 is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King. It has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Tickets for the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical are available HERE