Who didn’t grow up listening to Carole King? King has become such a staple of American music and her debut album Tapestry remains as one of the most endearing albums of the last fifty years. King’s lyrics – all written by King herself – tell stories many listeners can relate to, and it feels natural that these stories would eventually become a musical.
BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King musical opens in Memphis this week and I spoke with John Michael Dias, Ensemble cast member and understudy for Barry, about the musical. You might recognize Dias from Jersey Boys or from his solo album Write This Way available on iTunes.
1) Hi John! How did you become involved with Beautiful?
I went to an audition that my agent set up and 3 days later I had the job.
2) Were you a fan of Carole King’s work before joining the cast of Beautiful?
Yes, grew up listening to Tapestry! Love her still.
3) King has had a pretty extraordinary life. What do you find inspiring about the story of Beautiful?
You watch Carole find her voice in a male dominated profession. Her songs are still being sung and covered for 50 plus years. That’s amazingly inspiring.
4) How would you describe a typical day on the road for this musical?
Wake up late, because we go to bed late. Go to the gym (if I find the motivation) Find a fun local spot for food and head to the show!
5) What has been your proudest accomplishment as an actor?
Making my Broadway debut as Frankie Gallo on Jersey boys with my family and friends in the audience.
6) What do you think audiences will appreciate about Beautiful?
It’s a story anyone can relate to. We all have challenges personally that affect us and guide us to the next thing. Sometimes the “worst possible thing” happens to us and it leads to something… Beautiful
From the press release:
BEAUTIFUL –The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
DATES: February 28 – March 5, 2017
- Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:30 PM
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:30 PM
- Thursday, March 2, 2017 7:30 PM
- Friday, March 3, 2017 8:00 PM
- Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:00 PM
- Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:00 PM
- Sunday, March 5, 2017 1:00 PM
- Sunday, March 5, 2017 6:30 PM
Tickets start at $25 and there will be rush nights beginning Wednesday. Refer to the Orpheum’s website for more details.
BOX OFFICE: 901.525.3000
GROUP SALES: 901.529.4226