FEEL THE EARTH MOVE AS TICKETS GO ON SALE IN BRISBANE!

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“ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL” – Channel Seven

Joyous Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical begins performances at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, QPAC on Friday 13 July 2018, with the multi-award winning Esther Hannaford as ‘Carole King’ leading a talented cast of 24 performers,  including six Queenslanders.

Tickets for the thrilling true story of the most successful female songwriter of the 20th century go on sale at 9am today from QPAC or beautifulmusical.com.au, with the musical booking until Sunday 19 August.

Beautiful celebrates Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, including her troubled relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

Beautiful Esther and Josh

The feel-good song list is jam-packed with timeless hits from the 60’s and 70’s, including ‘You’ve Got a Friend’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘It’s Too Late’, ‘Locomotion’, ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’, ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, ‘On Broadway’ and ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’. It was written by the Oscar®, Emmy®, BAFTA and Tony® Award-nominated Douglas McGrath, directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince.

Critics have been unanimous in praise for leading lady Esther Hannaford’s “SUBLIME PERFORMANCE” (Daily Telegraph) since the Australian premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre in September 2017. She is one of the country’s most awarded performers with a Helpmann, a Sydney Theatre Award and three Green Room Awards to her name. Completing the principal cast is Josh Piterman as ‘Gerry Goffin’, Lucy Maunder as ‘Cynthia Weil’, Cairns-born Mat Verevis as ‘Barry Mann’, stage veterans Mike McLeish as ‘Don Kirshner’ and Anne Wood as King’s mother ‘Genie Klein’.

“A RESOUNDING HIT” Daily Review
“SENSATIONALLY ENTERTAINING” Macquarie Radio Network
‘YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LEAVE THE THEATRE ‘WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE’’’ Herald Sun
“ONE HELL OF A SONG CATALOGUE” The Age
“INCREDIBLE, INSPIRING” Channel Nine
“A FIVE STAR TRIUMPH” Channel Seven
“DIVINE” Daily Telegraph

Beautiful Esther Josh Matt Lucy
The ensemble includes Queenslanders Marcus Corowa (Maryborough and Bowen), Lorinda Merrypor, (Rockhampton and Mt Gravatt), Naomi Price (Stafford), Sean Sinclair (Ipswich) and Angelina Thomson (Gold Coast) along with Jason Arrow, Stefanie Caccamo, Doron Chester, Barry Conrad, Andrew Cook, Julia Dray, Akina Edmonds, Nana Matapule, Cameron MacDonald, Joseph Naim, Ruva Ngwenya, Rebecca Selley, and Chloé Zuel.

The company is one of the most multicultural ever seen on the Australian stage, with performers from a mix of ethnic backgrounds including Aboriginal, Croatian, Ecuadorian, Egyptian, Indonesian, Maori, Mauritian, South African, South Sea Islander, Tongan, Ukrainian and Zimbabwean.

Beautiful Little Eva

Beautiful made its world premiere on Broadway in January 2014 and opened in London in February 2015, amassing two Tony® Awards, two Olivier® Awards and a Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Along with a continuing Broadway season it is now on tour across the UK and US.

In Australia the musical is currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre where it premiered in February 2018 and continues to move, inspire and entertain audiences night after night.

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. She sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, at just 17. By the time she was 20 she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles and Aretha Franklin. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her own voice and stepped into the spotlight.

Beautiful Esther playing Carnegie Hall

“I LAUGHED, I CRIED, I SANG, I DANCED… EVERYTHING A GIRL WANTS FROM A NIGHT OUT!” 3AW
“ESTHER HANNAFORD IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT” Broadway World
“OUTSTANDING, A SUPERSTAR” Channel Nine
“CONVINCING AND EFFORTLESS” Sydney Morning Herald
“A HEART-RENDING PERFORMANCE” Limelight
“SHE IS A REVELATION” The Guardian

In celebration of the Australian premiere of Beautiful, Sony Music Entertainment Australia has released a brand new tribute record, BEAUTIFUL – A TRIBUTE TO CAROLE KING. It features adaptations of Carole King’s classic songs sung by some of Australia’s favourite performers, including Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Samantha Jade, Dami Im and the musical’s own Esther Hannaford singing title track “Beautiful”.

 

For more information about beautifulmusical.com.au.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

BRISBANE
FROM FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Corner of Grey St & Melbourne St, South Bank QLD
Book at QPAC 136 246 or www.qpac.com.au
Groups 10+ call 07 3840 7466 or groups@qpac.com.au
In person at QPAC Box Office
Tickets from $60 – $195* (*Transaction fees may apply)

MELBOURNE
NOW PLAYING UNTIL SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2018
Her Majesty’s Theatre
219 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC
Book at Ticketek 1300 795 012 www.ticketek.com.au
Tickets $60 – $195* (*Transaction fees apply)

For more information visit beautifulmusical.com.au
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