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As a young woman, Carole forges an unlikely path into the New York music business. When she pairs up with lyricist Gerry Goffin, her career soars and soon they’re churning out chart-toppers for The Drifters, Bobby Vee and The Shirelles. But when their relationship hits a sour note, Carole must find her own voice.

Woven with classic hits from the 60s and 70s, including songs from Carole King’s Grammy Award-winning album Tapestry, Beautiful tracks the rise of an artist who becomes one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of all time.
 

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Warnings: 
Flashing light; loud music; theatrical depiction of smoking; haze

 

Running time: 
2 hours, 40 minutes (including intermission)


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Understudies funded by:

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Beautiful is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Cast & Crew

Production
Book Douglas McGrath
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Douglas McGrath

Douglas McGrath was a filmmaker and playwright. Most recently, he directed the HBO documentary Becoming Mike Nichols. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway, for which they were nominated for an Academy Award. He wrote and directed the Oscar-winning Emma from the Jane Austen novel; Company Man; Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, which won the Best Ensemble Cast from the National Board of Review; Infamous; and the HBO documentary His Way, nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. His play Checkers opened the 30th anniversary season of New York’s acclaimed Vineyard Theatre. His book for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He began his career as a writer for Saturday Night Live in what was incontestably the worst year in the show’s history. He has written essays on the arts and politics for The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. Douglas McGrath passed away on November 4, 2022.

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Gerry Goffin

Words & Music

Words & Music Gerry Goffin
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Gerry Goffin

Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Gerry Goffin met Carole King at Queens College, and their musical collaboration began almost immediately. They married in 1959, and that same year wrote their first hit song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” (The Shirelles). The duo penned more than 50 top-40 hits including “The Locomotion,” “Natural Woman” and “Up on the Roof”. In 1987, Gerry and Carole were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Gerry has left an indelible mark on American music.

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Carole King

Words & Music

Words & Music Carole King
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Carole King

Pop music would be very different without the contributions of Carole King, who at age 17 wrote her first #1 hit with Gerry Goffin, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”, for the Shirelles. The dozens of chart hits Carole and Gerry wrote during this period became legendary, but it was 1971’s Tapestry that took Carole to the pinnacle, speaking personally to her contemporaries and providing a spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles and six Grammys.

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Barry Mann

Words & Music

Words & Music Barry Mann
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Barry Mann

Barry Mann has written the melodies of some of the most influential pop songs in musical history. In addition to “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, the most-played song of the last century, and the songs heard in Beautiful, he composed later standards like “Somewhere Out There” (winner of two Grammys), “Here You Come Again”, “Sometimes When We Touch”, “Just Once” and “Don’t Know Much”. Together he and Cynthia Weil have amassed an incredible 112 pop, country and R&B awards from Broadcast Music Inc. for significant radio air play. He has been inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Cynthia Weil

Words & Music

Words & Music Cynthia Weil
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Cynthia Weil

Cynthia Weil was the acclaimed lyricist of classic songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, the most-played song of the 20th century. In addition to the songs heard in Beautiful, she set the words to later standards including “Somewhere Out There”, “Here You Come Again”, “He’s So Shy”, “Just Once” and “Don’t Know Much”, to name just a few. Cynthia was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, honoured with multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for “Somewhere Out There” as the Motion Pictures Song of the Year and Song of the Year. Cynthia passed away on June 1, 2023.

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Sony / ATV Music Publishing

Music by Arrangement with

Music by Arrangement with Sony / ATV Music Publishing

Sony / ATV Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing, established in 1995 as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson, is the world’s leading music publisher. Sony owns or administers more than two million copyrights, including those from such iconic music catalogs as EMI Music Publishing, Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. Sony controls many of the best-known songs ever written, including “New York, New York”, “All You Need Is Love”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Over the Rainbow” and “Stand By Me”. In addition, Sony represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Sting, The Supremes, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists and songwriters includes Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Shakira and Taylor Swift.

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Kelly Thornton

Director

Director Kelly Thornton
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Kelly Thornton

ROYAL MTC Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes, Into the Woods, Orlando, All is Bright, Bang Bang (with Belfry).

OTHER THEATRE Eighteen years as Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre – credits include Unholy, The Penelopiad, Between the Sheets, The List, That Face, The Danish Play (NAC, Aveny-Teatret, Copenhagen; Magnetic North); Bear With Me, Mathilde and China Doll. Elsewhere: Vigil (TiFT); The Comedy of Errors (CS); This Hotel (Passe Muraille); and nine seasons of Nightwood’s Lawyer Show staging Shakespeare’s comedies and Broadway musicals.

TEACHING Associate Director of the Directing Program at National Theatre School 2010-2013. 

ET CETERA Kelly is Royal MTC’s Artistic Director. She’s been honoured with the Pauline McGibbon Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction, a Harold Award, Dora and Evie Award nominations. She thanks her incredible family for their love and support.

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Floydd Ricketts

Music Director

Music Director Floydd Ricketts
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Floydd Ricketts

ROYAL MTC The Color Purple (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Selected: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, The Little Prince, The Addams Family (Grand); The Flight (Gargantua); Choir Boy (CS); Cabaret, Venus (NTS); Medusa’s Children (OperaQ); Vocal Director: Disney Cruise Lines; Intern Music Director: One Touch of Venus, Trouble in Tahiti (Shaw).

TEACHING Assistant Professor/Director of Choral Activities, Skidmore College.

ET CETERA Recipient of Dora Mavor Moore Award (Composition), Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award (Outstanding Music Direction) and Montreal English Theatre Award (Outstanding Contribution to Theatre). Artistic Director at Ensemble Noir; Chorusmaster at L’Orchestre Philharmonique et Choeur des Mélomanes.

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Jaz Sealey

Choreographer

Choreographer Jaz Sealey
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Jaz Sealey

ROYAL MTC Actor: Guys and Dolls (with Citadel/TC).

OTHER THEATRE Choreographer: The Hockey Sweater (Rainbow). Actor: Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast and 1st National Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); five shows with the Stratford Festival; Dirty Dancing (Mirvish); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla); A Christmas Carol (TA); Beauty and the Beast (Neptune); She Loves Me (Dry Cold); six shows with Rainbow Stage including Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.

TRAINING Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Graduate of Grant Park Performing Arts with Honours. 

ET CETERA A former hockey player turned performing artist and guitar player. Currently in his 10th year of Aladdin on Broadway. Habbagoodah Mom! @jazsealey

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Gillian Gallow

Set Designer

Set Designer Gillian Gallow
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Gillian Gallow

ROYAL MTC Into the Woods, The Runner (with Human Cargo), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, A Christmas Carol, Hand to God, Million Dollar Quartet, Seminar (with Mirvish), Hirsch, Venus in Fur, God of Carnage (with VP), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (with TC).

OTHER THEATRE Selected: Hadrian and Louis Riel (COC); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Physicists, Hirsch, The Three Musketeers (Stratford); The Shadow of a Doubt, An Octoroon, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Russian Play (Shaw); Art, August: Osage County, Idomeneus, Orlando (Soulpepper); King Lear, Stuff Happens (NAC); Mahabharata (Why Not Theatre and Shaw).

ET CETERA Awards: Gillian is the recipient of the 2021 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the 2018 Viriginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design and she has been awarded four Doras.

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Louise Bourret

Costume Designer

Costume Designer Louise Bourret
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Louise Bourret

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Josephine: A Musical Cabaret, Prayer for the French Republic, Dracula, SuperDogs; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Tribes, My Name Is Asher Lev, Noises Off, Million Dollar Quartet, Marjorie Prime, The Angel and the Sparrow (now titled Piaf/Dietrich), A Doll’s House – Part 2, Indecent, Mythic, The Times They Are A Changin’, April Fools (Segal). Co-Costume Designer: The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (Segal). DWYT: Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi, The Dybbuk, The Producers, It Shoulda Been You, A Century Songbook (Segal). Cirque du Soleil; Cirque Éloize; Festival des FrancoFolies de Montréal; the Montreal Jazz Festival; Légendes Fantastiques; Cavalia; Era: Intersection of Time (Shanghai); Daughters of Mile End, Infinity Ball (Lune Rouge Entertainment); Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish); Vroom, Village Québecois d’Antan (Moment Factory). 

ET CETERA META winner for Outstanding Costume Design for Travesties.

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Hugh Conacher

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher
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Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC (selected) Lighting & Video Designer: The Mountaintop, Vietgone, Venus in Fur. Video Designer: Network. Lighting Designer: The Secret to Good Tea, Into the Woods, New, Orlando, Women of the Fur Trade, Fun Home, The Color Purple (with Citadel), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Seminar (with Mirvish), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing and many other productions since the ‘80s. 

OTHER THEATRE Hugh collaborates with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide. 

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec. www.pellucid.me

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Sylvin Sévigny

Sound Designer

Sound Designer Sylvin Sévigny
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Sylvin Sévigny

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Sylvin is Segal Centre’s Technical Director and was the Sound Designer on Mythic and April Fools. Other credits include: 2018 G7 event in Charlevoix, Cirque du Soleil touring and show support, and Technical Director and Sound on multiple Quebec/Canadian tours.

ET CETERA AD and PM on “Uapen Nuta Terre de nos Aïeux” videoclip for Katia Rock Innu artist.

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Lisa Rubin & Sharon Bajer

Intimacy Directors

Intimacy Directors Lisa Rubin & Sharon Bajer

Lisa Rubin & Sharon Bajer

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Justin Stadnyk

Assistant Director

Assistant Director Justin Stadnyk
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Justin Stadnyk

ROYAL MTC Actor: The Sound of Music (with Citadel), Into the Woods, As You Like It (with Citadel), Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (with Arts Club/Citadel), Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, The Boys in the Photograph (with Mirvish), Fiddler on the Roof, The Wave.

OTHER THEATRE Kinky Boots (Mirvish); The Prom, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Dry Cold); Dear Jack, Dear Louise, Falsettos (WJT); Pal Joey, Into the Woods (TIFT); A Little Night Music, Wonderful Town (Shaw); Saturday Night Fever (National Tour); Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Camelot, The Mikado (Drayton); Rock Legends, Footloose (Chemainus); Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Blood Brothers (TA); Anne of Green Gables, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty (Charlottetown); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rent (Rainbow); Robin Hood, Cinderella (Ross Petty).

FILM/TV Who Was I That Night (Lifetime); King of the Camp (YTV).

ET CETERA Thank you for continuing to support the arts! Say hi to Justin
@j_stadnyk. justinstadnyk.com

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Melanie St-Jacques

Stage Manager

Stage Manager Melanie St-Jacques
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Melanie St-Jacques

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE 23 years as a Stage Manager – selected credits include: The Hockey Sweater, Travesties, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical, A Doll’s House, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Houdini, Fallen Angels, Man of La Mancha (Segal); Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Andersen’s Inkwell, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, The Little Prince and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Geordie); Every Brilliant Thing, Bloodshot (Hudson Village Theatre); Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur/NAC/BTW); Innocence Lost (Centaur/NAC); King Dave, At the Beginning of Time, The Last Wife, In Absentia, Schwartz’s The Musical, Michel and Ti Jean, Doubt, The Carpenter, The Caretaker, Condoville, Long Days’ Journey Into Night, Proof, Copenhagen, Art, Dinner With Friends (Centaur); A Few Good Men (Neptune).

TRAINING/TEACHING Dawson Theatre Program graduate. Teaches and coaches at NTS. 

ET CETERA So happy to be working with this amazing team of artists. Enjoy the Beauty! 

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Zahra Larche

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager Zahra Larche
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Zahra Larche

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes. Assistant Stage Manager: The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Network (with Citadel), Calpurnia (with NAC/BTW), Bang Bang (with Belfry). Apprentice Stage Manager: Buying the Farm (tour), Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, Vietgone (with fu-GEN/Hope and Hell), The Humans. Assistant Production Manager (2017/18, 2020/21, 2021/22 seasons).

OTHER THEATRE (selected) Stage Manager: The Hockey Sweater (Rainbow). ASM: Volare (PTE). Various credits with Hudson Village Theatre, Manitoba Opera, Geordie Productions and A Company of Fools.

TRAINING Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada – Production Program (2017).

ET CETERA A very special thanks to my Royal MTC family, my parents, my family and friends from Gatineau to Tasmania, Ilana Modulevsky, Brooklyne Alexander, my graduating class at NTS, and all the wonderful folks who made this show possible!

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Tori Popp

Assistant Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager Tori Popp
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Tori Popp

ROYAL MTC Assistant Stage Manager: The Sound of Music, 9 to 5 The Musical (Royal MTC/MBA Lawyers Play). Apprentice Stage Manager: New, Morning After Grace. Lighting Design Apprentice: A Christmas Carol.

OTHER THEATRE Festival Manager of the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Assistant Stage Manager: Afterlight (The Keep Theatre/Walk&Talk Theatre Company); Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP).

TRAINING Bachelor of Arts Hons., with a specialization in Theatre Production and Stage Management (University of Winnipeg 2017). Stage Management and Production Assistant Practicum (Banff Centre 2018-2019).

ET CETERA Love always to FIC and M&D, and big congrats to the whole team! 

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Kyra Krassnigg

Apprentice Stage Manager

Apprentice Stage Manager Kyra Krassnigg
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Kyra Krassnigg

ROYAL MTC Assistant Stage Manager: The World Goes ‘Round (Royal MTC/MBA Lawyers Play).

OTHER THEATRE Stage Manager: A Little Bit of Love – A New Musical Workshop, FAME (WST); New Beginnings in a New World – A Million Dreams for ANCOP. Apprentice Stage Manager: The Prom (Dry Cold). Stage Crew: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Dry Cold). 

TV 1st Assistant Director: Maria and the Mennos (ODE Productions).

TRAINING Graduate of the University of Manitoba with a B.Mus in Classical Voice and Music Education – Minor in Theatre. Accredited with gold medal in Music Education (2022).

ET CETERA Thanks to Royal MTC for this opportunity and to my friends, family and dog, Stella, for your endless support.

Cast
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Ruth Acheampong

Uptown Singer / Shirelle (Beverly) / Ensemble; Understudy: Little Eva / Lucille / Shirelle (Doris)

Uptown Singer / Shirelle (Beverly) / Ensemble; Understudy: Little Eva / Lucille / Shirelle (Doris) Ruth Acheampong
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Ruth Acheampong

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Music Man (College Light Opera Company); L’amant anonyme (Voicebox: Opera in Concert); The World Goes ‘Round (Opera McGill); Lost in the Stars (Annapolis Opera).

TRAINING Graduate diploma in Performance (McGill University); M.Mus in Opera and Voice (McGill University); B.A. in Music (University of Guelph).

ET CETERA I am so grateful for this opportunity! Thank you to my beautiful family for their support.

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Andre Anthony

Lead Drifter / Ensemble; Understudy: Drifter 2 Vocals, Student, Keys / Guitar Player

Lead Drifter / Ensemble; Understudy: Drifter 2 Vocals, Student, Keys / Guitar Player Andre Anthony
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Andre Anthony

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Kinky Boots (Mirvish); Rock of Ages (Stage West); Only In Vegas (Mayfield Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (CPA Centre); Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise (Living Arts Centre). 

TV The Boys (Amazon Prime); Platonic (NBC).

TRAINING Music Degree (Thompson Rivers University), Acting Diploma (Humber College).

ET CETERA Instagram: @Mr.AndreAnthony BeReal: realAndreAnthony
Website: andreanthony.net    John 3:16

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Lisa Bell

Janelle Woods / Shirelle (Micky) / Ensemble; Understudy: Shirelle (Shirley)

Janelle Woods / Shirelle (Micky) / Ensemble; Understudy: Shirelle (Shirley) Lisa Bell
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Lisa Bell

ROYAL MTC All is Bright, Crowns (with CS/NAC). 

OTHER THEATRE Hairspray – Canadian Premiere (Mirvish); Little Shop of Horrors, RENT, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Footloose, The Full Monty, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rainbow); Avenue Q (WST); The Vertical Hour (PTE).

FILM/TV Stand!, A Kiss Before Christmas, Falcon Beach, Missing and Alone.

TRAINING BComm University of Manitoba – Asper School of Business. 

ET CETERA 2021 Outstanding Female Performance ACTRA Award for Stand!. Featured vocalist for various corporate event bands and a Canadian Idol finalist. Lisa is thrilled to be back on stage in her hometown of Winnipeg. Big thanks to Royal MTC, family, friends and Kelly T for helping me get back to what I love. Hope you all enjoy this Beautiful show!

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Tess Benger

Carole King

Carole King Tess Benger
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Tess Benger

ROYAL MTC Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Evie nomination).

OTHER THEATRE Alice in Alice in Wonderland (Bad Hats/Soulpepper – Dora award); Petra in A Little Night Music (Royal Conservatory of Music); Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Dora nomination) and Cinderella in Into the Woods (TiFT); Dot in Sunday in the Park with George (Eclipse – Dora nomination); Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Grand); Girls Like That (Tarragon); Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown). Tess spent three seasons at the Shaw Festival – highlights include Top Girls, Cabaret, Philadelphia Story, Sweeney Todd and The Next Whiskey Bar.

TRAINING Sheridan College.

ET CETERA Tess Benger is an actor, singer, dancer and environmentalist, born and raised in downtown Toronto. She is the co-founder of The Canadian Green Alliance, a not-for-profit devoted to bridging the gap between sustainability and theatre. For more info head to canadiangreenalliance.com or @canadiangreenalliance on Instagram. This performance is dedicated to her parents Robin and Nicky. 

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Louise Camilleri

Shirelle (Shirley) / Ensemble; Understudy: Uptown Singer / Shirelle (Beverly)

Shirelle (Shirley) / Ensemble; Understudy: Uptown Singer / Shirelle (Beverly) Louise Camilleri
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Louise Camilleri

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Broadway: Show Boat (World Premiere – Gershwin Theatre); Sophisticated Ladies (US National Tour); Anita in West Side Story; The Lord of the Rings (World Premiere); Tanya in Mamma Mia!.

FILM Superstar; Blues Brothers 2000; Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Disney).

ET CETERA Dora Award nomination for Rock of Ages (More Entertainment). Featured singer with The Tenors and featured singer with Josh Groban in concert. louisecamilleri.com

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Jeremy Carver-James

Drifter 4 / Ensemble; Understudy: Drifter 2 & 3 Vocals, Pianist

Drifter 4 / Ensemble; Understudy: Drifter 2 & 3 Vocals, Pianist Jeremy Carver-James
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Jeremy Carver-James

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Come From Away (Australian National Tour/Mirvish); Rock of Ages, Rocky: The Musical, Ghost: The Musical, Hairspray, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Red Rock Diner (Drayton); Alberta Kitchen Party (ATP); 9 to 5: The Musical (Citadel); Back in ‘59 (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Hairspray (TA); Shrek (Globe Theatre); Pure ‘90s (Stage West Calgary); Porgy and Bess (Opera de Montréal); and four seasons at Shaw.

TRAINING Graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Vocal Performance. 

ET CETERA Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Ensemble and Production of a Musical (Alberta Kitchen Party – 2022 – Performer/Co-writer). Special thanks to my friends, family, the Talent House team, and Goonlash for their ongoing love and support. @jcarverjames 

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Ellen David

Genie Klein

Genie Klein Ellen David
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Ellen David

ROYAL MTC My Name is Asher Lev (with Segal – Winnipeg Theatre Award).

OTHER THEATRE Prayer for the French Republic, Dracula, Marjorie Prime, Travesties, Equus (Segal); The Shoplifters, God of Carnage (Centaur); Seeds (Porte Parole US tour); Four Anglos Surviving the Covid Apocalypse (Director/Co-Producer, Centre St. Jax/Victoria Hall, Montreal); Mazel Tov, The Leisure Society (Director, QC English-language premieres, Infinithéâtre); Clybourne Park, The Book of Bob (Director, Centaur); Love, Loss and What I Wore (Director/Co-Producer/Actor, Centaur); Moonlight & Magnolias, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Intimate Exchanges (Director, Theatre Lac-Brome); The Savannah Sipping Society (Director, HVT).

FILM/TV Le Temps des Framboises, Mlle. Bottine, Transplant, Fatherhood, Brooklyn.

ET CETERA Montreal English Theatre Award (META) nominations for Prayer for the French Republic, Dracula and Marjorie Prime; META and Broadway World Regional Awards for My Name is Asher Lev; Outstanding Performance ACTRA Award for the film Surviving My Mother; 2015 ACTRA Award of Excellence; Executive Artistic Director of Theatre Lac-Brome for two years; Anglophone ambassador for CQT’s Rendez-Vous Théâtre.

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Matthew Fletcher

Nick / Righteous Brother / Bobby Vee / Ensemble; Understudy: Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka / BeeBop Guy

Nick / Righteous Brother / Bobby Vee / Ensemble; Understudy: Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka / BeeBop Guy Matthew Fletcher
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Matthew Fletcher

ROYAL MTC Into the Woods, Shakespeare in Love (with Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Antigone (Sick + Twisted/AA Battery); RENT, The Hockey Sweater, Les Misérables (Rainbow); Grease (Winter Garden); Million Dollar Quartet (Port Hope); James and the Giant Peach (MTYP); Kiss of the Spider Woman, A Man of No Importance (Dry Cold); Spring Awakening (Griffin); Heathers (WST); Les Misérables (Drayton); Crazy for You (TBTB).

FILM/TV Champions, The Porter, The Pinkertons, Triple Sensation.

TRAINING Northwestern University, Soulpepper Training Room, Rainbow Stage Conservatory.

ET CETERA Dedicated to all the beautiful women in my life who consistently support and encourage me to become the best I can be. 

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Darren Martens

Gerry Goffin

Gerry Goffin Darren Martens
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Darren Martens

ROYAL MTC Actor: The Three Musketeers, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, A Christmas Carol, Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Fight Director: The Secret to Good Tea, New. Assistant Fight Director: The Rez Sisters.

OTHER THEATRE Actor: A Chorus Line, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Misérables, The Producers (Rainbow); Another Way Home (WJT); A Little Night Music, The Addams Family (Dry Cold); Reefer Madness, American Idiot, Avenue Q (WST); Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (The Keep Theatre). Fight Director: Volare (PTE).

FILM Spencer Sisters (Bell Media); Polarized (Enlightenment Productions); Christmas by Starlight, Merry and Bright (Hallmark).

TRAINING Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from the U of M, Opera NUOVA, Rainbow Stage Training Intensive.

ET CETERA Darren dedicates this performance to his late father, Gary.

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Mike Melino

Barry Mann

Barry Mann Mike Melino
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Mike Melino

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Prom Queen (The Louder We Get); Guys & Dolls, It Shoulda Been You (Segal); Mamma Mia! (Juste Pour Rire); Il Trovatore, La beauté du monde, Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly (Opéra de Montréal); Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can (Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society).

FILM Canadian French chorus for Puss in Boots 2, Strange World (Disney), The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Lyle, Lyle Crocodile.

ET CETERA For over 20 years, I’ve performed on stages for various events across Quebec, Ontario and Italy. I am thrilled to make my debut at Royal MTC and meet all of you in Winnipeg. I’d like to thank my family, friends and my agent Connie Rotella. Most of all, I would like to thank my partner of 11 years, Justin Muniz, who always supports and encourages me to be the best version of myself.

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Davis Okey-Azunnah

Drifter 2 / Ensemble; Understudy: Lead Drifter Vocals / Stage Manager, Drifter 4 Vocals / Pianist

Drifter 2 / Ensemble; Understudy: Lead Drifter Vocals / Stage Manager, Drifter 4 Vocals / Pianist Davis Okey-Azunnah
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Davis Okey-Azunnah

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drayton); Ja’Keith/Mayor in Rock of Ages (Mayfield Theatre); Jdub in Brown Eyes (TiFT); Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show (Neptune); Abdul Fakir of “The Four Tops” in The Soul of Motown (Stage West); Legally Blonde (Hart House); Songs for a New World (Buddies in Bad Times).

FILM/TV Olympians at Heart (BYUtv); Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (Disney+); I Like Movies (Mongrel Media/Netflix).

ET CETERA Davis is thrilled to be back on stage sharing the gift of storytelling and performance. He is thankful to his family, friends and agent for their endless support. Instagram: @ok.devries

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Laura Olafson

Cynthia Weil

Cynthia Weil Laura Olafson
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Laura Olafson

ROYAL MTC Into the Woods, Fun Home, Million Dollar Quartet, Private Lives, The Things We Do For Love, Harvey.

OTHER THEATRE Funny Girl, Falsettos, Intimate Apparel (WJT); Footloose, Joe’s Coat, Mary Poppins, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls: In Concert, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid (Rainbow); Urinetown, A Man of No Importance, The Prom (Dry Cold); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet (SIR); Iceland, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (TPM); Into the Woods, Tigers Be Still (District Theatre Collective); The Savannah Disputation (PTE); Skriker (Echo (Beach) Theatre).

FILM/TV Pumpkin Everything (Cartel); SkyMed (CBC/Paramount+); The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gals).

TRAINING/TEACHING Laura graduated from Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program. She also works as an EA in WSD1’s Inclusion Support programs.

ET CETERA Laura was raised by brilliant and commanding women. She is a lucky member of an all female band (Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir) and sails the seas singing with a dynamic girl group (UNIQUE3). She is emboldened by Carole and Cynthia’s stories and hopes that you will be too. 

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Jonathan Patterson

Diamond / Righteous Brother / Lou Adler / Ensemble; Understudy: Donny Kirshner

Diamond / Righteous Brother / Lou Adler / Ensemble; Understudy: Donny Kirshner Jonathan Patterson
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Jonathan Patterson

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE The Pirates of Penzance, Inherit the Wind, The Jazz Singer, Guys & Dolls, The Play’s the Thing, Forever Plaid, The Producers (Segal); 9 to 5 The Musical (Capitol); Million Dollar Quartet (Thousand Islands Playhouse/Sudbury Theatre Centre); West Side Story (Neptune); A Song of Fiction, Captain Aurora, To Be (Kaleidoscope).

TEACHING Schulich School of Music of McGill University (Opera Faculty); Head of Music, National Theatre School of Canada; Private Voice Studio.

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Alana Randall

Little Eva / Lucille / Shirelle (Doris) / Ensemble / Dance Captain; Understudy: Janelle Woods / Shirelle (Micky)

Little Eva / Lucille / Shirelle (Doris) / Ensemble / Dance Captain; Understudy: Janelle Woods / Shirelle (Micky) Alana Randall
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Alana Randall

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Off-Broadway: Vagina Monologues (Jerry Orbach Theater); Motown The Musical, Dirty Dancing, The Wizard of Oz, Forever Motown, Pussycat Dolls Tribute Tour (US National Tours). Select regional: Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical (St. Lawrence Centre); The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish); Rock of Ages (Elgin Theatre); Damn Yankees, Everybody (Shaw); West Side Story (Rainbow); Hairspray, High School Musical (Drayton); Hair (Grand); High School Musical (Neptune); Footloose (Alumnae Theatre); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Magnus Theatre).

FILM/TV Hellcats; Made, The Movie; Carrie (2013); The LA Complex; Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure.

TRAINING/TEACHING New York Film Academy; Randolph College. Certified Dance and Zumba instructor.

ET CETERA Huge thanks to the entire Beautiful company, agents at TH, family and Ron-el for their support and love.

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Rhea Rodych-Rasidescu

Betty / Marilyn Wald; Understudy: Carole King

Betty / Marilyn Wald; Understudy: Carole King Rhea Rodych-Rasidescu
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Rhea Rodych-Rasidescu

ROYAL MTC Into the Woods, 2022/23 National Mentorship Program.

OTHER THEATRE Tuck Everlasting (Opera NUOVA); The Recipe (MAP Workshop); People, Places and Things, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Arcadia (U of W); Bake-Off (Sarasvàti: FemFest); Ok, Probably (Sister From Another Mister/Winnipeg Fringe); Women of Manhattan (Beau Theatre Co/Royal MTC ShanleyFest).

TRAINING BAH Acting University of Winnipeg, Creative Manitoba’s Mentorship Program, Opera NUOVA Emerging Artist Program, Rainbow Stage’s Acting Intensive.

ET CETERA Rhea is also a dialect and accent coach; her most recent credit being Frozen River/nîkwatin sîpiy (MTYP). She is a proud recipient of the Jean Murray – Moray Sinclair Scholarship. Thank you Kelly, Floydd and Jaz, the entire company of Beautiful, and my friends and family for your love and support.

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Dakota Jamal Wellman

Drifter 3 / Ensemble; Understudy: Drifter 4 Vocals / Engineer, Boom Operator, Camera Man

Drifter 3 / Ensemble; Understudy: Drifter 4 Vocals / Engineer, Boom Operator, Camera Man Dakota Jamal Wellman
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Dakota Jamal Wellman

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Fall On Your Knees (CS/Neptune/NAC/Grand); Pool No Water (Persephone); SuperDogs: The Musical (Segal); Summer of Sonnets, Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre).

FILM/TV Witchboard, The Christmas Checklist, Terror Train, About Sex.

TRAINING Bishop’s University (BA 2015), Black Theatre Workshop’s AMP Program.

ET CETERA Dakota received a META for Outstanding Supporting Performance for his work on Simone Half and Half (Black Theatre Workshop).

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Chase Winnicky

Neil Sedaka / BeeBop Guy / Ensemble; Understudy: Barry Mann, Nick / Righteous Brother / Bobby Vee, Diamond / Righteous Brother / Lou Adler

Neil Sedaka / BeeBop Guy / Ensemble; Understudy: Barry Mann, Nick / Righteous Brother / Bobby Vee, Diamond / Righteous Brother / Lou Adler Chase Winnicky
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Chase Winnicky

ROYAL MTC Jack in Into the Woods, 2021/22 National Mentorship Program.

OTHER THEATRE Narnia (Bad Hats/MTYP); The Wizard of Oz (Rainbow); Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Addams Family (Dry Cold); Alice in Wonderland (Diversified Theatre); Much Ado about Nothing (Dauntless); Andy Warhol Musical (Mirvish workshop); The Nutcracker (National Ballet of Canada); Lead vocalist for Oceania Cruises. Director: The Prom (Dry Cold – Canadian premiere). Assistant Director: Million Dollar Quartet (TC). Upcoming: Directing Songs for a New World (WJT).

FILM/TV A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe, ’Tis the Season to be Merry, Crashing through the Snow (Hallmark); SkyMed (Paramount+); The Porter (CBC/BET+).

TRAINING Randolph College for the Performing Arts.

ET CETERA Love to my family, Chris and my agent Sarah at 10 Talent Management! 

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Cory Wojcik

Donny Kirshner

Donny Kirshner Cory Wojcik
Cory Wojcik photo

Cory Wojcik

ROYAL MTC Actor: The Three Musketeers, All is Bright, The Cottage, A Doll’s House, Once (with Grand), Kill Me Now (with NAC), Black Coffee, Hand to God, Billy Elliot the Musical, Late Company, Harvey, Miracle on South Division Street, August: Osage County. Assistant Director: Morning After Grace.

OTHER THEATRE Actor: Much Ado About Nothing (SIR); The Wedding Party, Butcher (PTE); Strike! The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers (Rainbow); The Jungle Book, Jabber, The Big League (MTYP); Another Way Home (WJT); A Man of No Importance (Dry Cold). 

FILM/TV Actor: Champions, Dark Harvest, Breakthrough, Night Hunter, A Dog’s Purpose.

ET CETERA Later this year, you can catch Cory in Royal MTC’s regional tour with 2019 Fringe hit Mix Tapes From My Mom or later this season in The Comeback on the Mainstage. Love to Heather and the boys.

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Jillian Willems

Standby: Cynthia Weil, Genie Klein, Betty / Marilyn Wald

Standby: Cynthia Weil, Genie Klein, Betty / Marilyn Wald Jillian Willems
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Jillian Willems

ROYAL MTC Choreographer: Into the Woods. Director/Choreographer: 9 to 5 The Musical (Lawyers Play), The World Goes ‘Round (Lawyers Play).

OTHER THEATRE Select creative credits: Afterlight (Director – The Keep/Walk&Talk/Rainbow); The Snail and the Whale (Director – MTYP); Guys & Dolls (Director – WSO/Rainbow); Pippin (Choreographer – The ViC/WST); American Idiot (WST). Select performance credits: Antigone (Understudy – Sick + Twisted/AA Battery); Cinderella (Rainbow); South Pacific (WSO/Rainbow); Charlie Brown (MTYP); South Pacific (Regina Symphony); Heathers (WST).

TRAINING/TEACHING Artistic associate and movement instructor with the Village Conservatory for Music Theatre. Teacher at Industria Dance Centre. Mentored by Ari Weinberg in theatre management and by Brenda Gorlick in musical theatre choreography.

ET CETERA Endless gratitude to my family, and to my sweet Sully Mae!

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Production ID: 32026
Start Date: 1/9/2024 11:53:25 AM
End Date: 2/3/2024 11:53:37 AM
Title: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Playwright: Book by Douglas McGrath
Words & Music by
Gerry Goffin & Carole King    
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Music by Arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Billing: Orchestrations, Vocal & Incidental Music Arrangements by Steve Sidwell

Directed by Kelly Thornton
A co-production with The Segal Centre
Warnings: Flashing light; loud music; theatrical depiction of smoking; haze
Synopsis: Four-and-a-half-stars-100w.png “See it before it’s too late, baby.”Free Press

As a young woman, Carole forges an unlikely path into the New York music business. When she pairs up with lyricist Gerry Goffin, her career soars and soon they’re churning out chart-toppers for The Drifters, Bobby Vee and The Shirelles. But when their relationship hits a sour note, Carole must find her own voice.

Woven with classic hits from the 60s and 70s, including songs from Carole King’s Grammy Award-winning album Tapestry, Beautiful tracks the rise of an artist who becomes one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of all time.
 

Click on the image to download the digital program:

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Facility: John Hirsch Mainstage
Alternate URL: https://royalmtc.ca/Current-Plays/Beautiful-The-Carole-King-Musical.aspx
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Display Rotator From: 11/20/2023 9:45:15 AM
Display Rotator To: 2/3/2024 11:59:00 PM
 

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