“Beautiful” celebrates Carole King at Titusville Playhouse

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” celebrates the music of a generation at the Titusville Playhouse. The show runs until February 18.

Celebrating the timeless tunes and extraordinary life of a musical icon, Titusville Playhouse is set to kick off 2024 with “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The show opens on Friday 12th January for a run until 18th February.

Beautiful takes us on a nostalgic journey through the life of Carole King, chronicling her rise to fame from precocious young songwriter to chart-topping star. The show weaves a tapestry of King’s iconic hits, from the early days of “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to the anthemic “You’ve Got a Friend.”

King, one of the most famous singer-songwriters of all time, has had a musical career spanning decades. She has more than 400 songs recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in more than 100 hit singles. She has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, becoming the first person to be inducted separately as a songwriter and performer.

“‘Beautiful’ is really about Carol’s early career and focuses on her life and marriage to Gerry Goffen and their writing partnership,” said Titusville Playhouse executive and artistic director Stephen J. Heron.

“The show rides on the success of ‘Tapestry,’ but you also hear and see a lot of hits that everyone knows that were written by Carole King but performed by other artists.”

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In the Titusville Playhouse production, Caitlin Jackson steps into King’s shoes. Herron praised Jackson’s ability to capture the essence of King both vocally and emotionally, saying that these were the qualities he was looking for when casting the role.

“The most important thing for me in all castings is the voice,” Heron said.

“Secondly, we focused on mood,” he said. “I’ve seen [Carole King] on so many interviews and she’s just a real person. Someone you can meet on the street and say “hey” to. I was looking for that unassuming silence with the powerful stage presence and voice.”

The show isn’t just a trip down memory lane; it’s a celebration of resilience, friendship and an artist who has left an indelible mark on the world of music. Heron believes the story will inspire audiences.

“Carole King’s journey and life are so incredible, as are the obstacles she overcame,” he said.

The heart of “Beautiful” lies in its ability to transcend generations. The music bridges the gap between those who grew up with the songs and new audiences discovering them for the first time. Fans of King’s soulful tunes are in for a treat, while newcomers are treated to a crash course in the soundtrack of a generation, including classics like “Natural Woman,” “It’s Too Late” and, of course, “Beautiful.”

“The music is sure to be a huge hit with audiences,” Heron said. “I know I come home every night and I can’t stop humming songs from the show. I think people will be surprised by the music, how great and timeless it is.”

Herron takes pride in bringing the show to Brevard audiences.

“‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ has not been performed in the Central Florida area, with the exception of Dr. Phillips and the national tour,” he said. “We’re very happy to have the opportunity to be one of the first theaters in the country to do the show and that’s exciting in itself.”

“Bringing this show legend and singing legend to Central Florida is an honor and a privilege.”

This is a musical journey you won’t want to miss.

Christina Lafortune is entertainment and TGIF editor at FLORIDA TODAY. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/christinalafortune or email her at [email protected].

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