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'Beautiful' to make Penn State debut with seven performances in February 2019

Tickets for the Carole King musical's Eisenhower Auditorium run go on sale May 21

Carole King (played by Sarah Bockel) makes her Carnegie Hall debut in a scene from the smash Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.” The musical will make its Penn State debut with seven performances Feb. 19–24. Credit: Matthew Murphy / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical,” about the life of the groundbreaking singer-songwriter, will make its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere with seven performances Feb. 19–24, 2019, at Eisenhower Auditorium.

The national tour of “Beautiful” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23-24. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, will be available for the Feb. 24 matinee at no extra cost to ticket holders.

Tickets for the show go on sale to the public at 8 a.m. May 21. “Beautiful” does not qualify for a discounted Choice series. Group discounts are not available for 18-and-younger tickets. Group discounts are also not available for Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Watch a preview of “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical.” Credit: Center for the Performing Arts

“Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom. She started as part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, continued her career in a relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and later became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

The original Broadway cast recording of “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The production features an array of beloved songs written by the Goffin/King and Mann/Weil teams, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and the title song.

“Beautiful” features a book by Tony- and Academy Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince.

For more information about the production, visit Center for the Performing Arts online or call 814-863-0255.

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The Drifters — from left, Kristopher Stanley Ward, Josh A. Dawson, Avery Smith and Jay McKenzie — perform in a scene from “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical.” A number of artists recorded songs written by King, including that quartet, The Chiffons, Aretha Franklin and James Taylor. Credit: Matthew Murphy / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated May 09, 2018