Exciting news from Playbill.com: Jarrod Spector will play songwriter Barry Mann in the upcoming Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which will arrive on Broadway November 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, following an out-of-town San Francisco premiere.
Spector will join Tony Award nominee Jessie Mueller (Mystery of Edwin Drood, On a Clear Day, Nice Work If You Can Get It), who will star as Carole King, in addition to her Brill Building collaborators Jake Epstein (“Degrassi,” Spider-Man) as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Avenue Q) as Cynthia Weil. The musical’s score comprises songs King penned with Goffin, Mann and Weil.
Principal casting also includes Jeb Brown as producer/publisher Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as King’s mother, Genie Klein.
The ensemble will feature Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Shepard, Antoine L. Smith and Melvin Tunstall.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, based on King’s life and music, will premiere Sept. 24-Oct. 20 at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre and will now begin Broadway previews Nov. 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre towards a Jan. 12, 2014, opening night.
Congratulations & best wishes to Jarrod Spector!