Peppermint Creek Theatre Announces Auditions for “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical”

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May 29, 2024

The public is invited to audition for the first production of PCTC’s 2024-25 season, “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical”, auditions taking place July 21 & 22. Find full details below.

DATES: Sunday July 21 and Monday July 22
TIMES: 7 – 10pm both nights. Actors only need to attend one night.
LOCATION: Stage One Performing Arts Center, 2200 Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing MI 48912

Directed by Meg Woolsey. Music Directed by Zach Everly. Choreography by Amanda Tollstam.
Performance dates: September 6 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22, 2024. (Please note there is a two-show performance date on Saturday Sept 21).

Show Synopsis: Before she was hit-maker Carole King — she was Carole Klein, a spunky, young songwriter from Brooklyn with a unique voice. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, trailblazing success with Tapestry, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical takes you back to where it all began — and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Beautiful is the inspiring tale about a girl who became King with a stirring book by the late Oscar and Tony-nominated Douglas McGrath and the music and lyrics of icons Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Featuring such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got a Friend”, “One Fine Day”, “So Far Away”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “Up on the Roof”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, and “Natural Woman”, this Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget.

CHARACTER/CASTING DESCRIPTIONS and INFORMATION:

Actors should prepare a musical theatre solo or pop song from the 1960’s or 1970’s that showcases their range and acting abilities (*nothing from Beautiful, please). Please bring music for our accompanist. Actors will also learn a short dance combination with our choreographer. Callbacks (being held on July 23) will consist of singing cuts and cold reading sides from the show.  

ROLES:
CAROLE KING (18+ to play ages 16-29) An aspiring singer/songwriter. A unique, appealing, funny and vulnerable girl from a Jewish family in Brooklyn. Talented, good natured, unassuming and often the peacemaker in difficult situations. A reluctant star with no pretense and a passion for music. Seeking an exceptional actress with a powerful, distinctive voice. Piano skills preferred but not required. 

GERRY GOFFIN (18+ to play late teens-late 20’s) Carole’s boyfriend, songwriting partner and eventual husband. He is smoldering, dark & handsome with a rebel vibe. Although sexy, he is innately sympathetic, wounded and tortured. An ambitious artist always striving for more. Seeking a strong actor who sings well. Baritone/tenor. 

CYNTHIA WEIL (18+ to play late teens-late 20’s) A songwriter who becomes romantically involved with Barry. Carole’s best friend. She is sophisticated, smart & chic with a quick wit. Although self-confident and sarcastic, she is also extremely likeable. Seeking an actress with strong comic timing who sings extremely well. Belt. 

BARRY MANN (18+ to play late teens-late 20’s) A songwriter who becomes romantically involved with Cynthia. He is good natured, appealing & neurotic. Ambitious, but likeable. Seeking a strong comedic actor with a great voice. Must be a strong high tenor comfortable with pop & rock style singing. 

DONNY KIRSCHNER (40’s-50’s) An influential music publisher and producer. He is a fast talking, energetic force of nature. Powerful, direct & sometimes intimidating, but he has a real affinity for his writers and artists. A hit maker. Seeking a strong actor. Non singing role. GENIE KLEIN (40’s-50’s) Carole’s Jewish mother. Once an aspiring playwright, she has been broken down by life & her husband’s infidelity. Protective of Carole and unforgiving of her husband’s mistakes. Seeking a strong actress. Non singing role. 

Also casting a multi-talented ensemble who will portray members of Carole’s inner circle as well as famous musical groups that Carole, Gerry, Cynthia, and Barry wrote for. Dance skills are a plus:

DRIFTER #1 /ENSEMBLE– (20’s-30’s) African-American, Member of the doo-wop group The Drifters 
DRIFTER # 2/ENSEMBLE– (20’s-30’s) African-American, Member of the doo-wop group The Drifters 
DRIFTER # 3/ENSEMBLE– (20’s-30’s) African-American, Member of the doo-wop group The Drifters 
DRIFTER # 4/ENSEMBLE– (20’s-30’s) African-American, Member of the doo-wop group The Drifters 

SHIRELLE #1/UPTOWN SOLOIST/ENSEMBLE – (20-30’s) African-American, Member of the pop group The Shirelles 
SHIRELLE #2/ENSEMBLE – (20’s-30’s) African-American, Member of the pop group The Shirelles 
SHIRELLE #3/JANELLE WOODS – (20’s-30’s) African-American, Member of the pop group The Shirelles 
SHIRELLE #4/LITTLE EVA – (16-Late 20’s) African-American, Member of the pop group The Shirelles, Pop Singer of Locomotion

LUCILLE/ENSEMBLE – (20’s-30’s) Donny Kirshner’s secretary
NEIL SEDAKA/ENSEMBLE – (20’s-30’s) Caucasian, a singer songwriter. Tenor. 
NICK/ENSEMBLE – (20’s-30’s) a singer songwriter. 
LOU ADLER/ENSEMBLE – (30’s-40’s) Caucasian, a record producer 
BOBBY VEE/ENSEMBLE – (20’s) Caucasian, A singer 
BETTY/ENSEMBLE – (20’s) Carole’s childhood friend 
MARILYN WARD/ENSEMBLE – (20-s) a singer. 

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