Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Extends as American Idiot Draws to an End
With September with us we turn our attentions to two musicals that have been entertaining audiences in the capital throughout this year and last, one at the Aldwych Theatre and the other at the smaller Arts Theatre – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and American Idiot, both of which celebrate the works of well known recording artists.
First of all it has been announced that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has extended to July next year, adding an extra few months to a run that was already due to continue into 2017. It is a testament to the popularity of the show that the production, which has been in the capital since February last year, continues to draw in the crowds.
Following the story of Carole King (currently played by Cassidy Janson), the musical chronicles her rise from childhood to the stage and also introduces us to other real life figures that have been a part of her life. The jukebox musical also contains many of her hit songs, from Will You Love Me Tomorrow to (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, as well as So Far Away and more.
The production was previously booking to March but will now continue at the Aldwych Theatre until at least Saturday 22nd July 2017. No word yet on whether it will ultimately continue past that date or close.
Meanwhile, the producers of American Idiot are making a final push for theatregoers as the show closes-in on its 25th September end-date at the Arts Theatre. Just as Beautiful celebrates the work of Carole King, this one focuses on the hits of American rock band Green Day and in particular their songs from the album American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
The cast currently includes Amelia Lily as Whatsername and Newton Faulkner as Johnny in a story that takes its cues from the mentioned album American Idiot, itself a concept album, which chronicles three friends in a post-9/11 world.
The production continues at the West End’s Arts Theatre and will close its doors on Sunday 25th September 2016.