NEW YORK — A musical based on the woman behind such pop standards as “It’s Too Late,” ”You’ve Got a Friend” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” hopes to make it to Broadway.
Producers on Friday announced plans to take “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” to the Great White Way by spring 2014. The story is written by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath.
King composed dozens of 1960s hits with then-husband Gerry Goffin before emerging as a recording artist in her own right. Her 25 million-selling “Tapestry” launched the singer-songwriter era in 1971 and became the first real blockbuster album.
The musical will chart King’s rise set to the music that made her an icon.
Many of her songs became known through others, like “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (the Monkees), “Crying in the Rain” (Everly Brothers), “Take Good Care of My Baby” (Bobby Vee) and “You’ve Got a Friend” (James Taylor).
King’s pre-“Tapestry” hits also included “Up on the Roof” (Drifters), “Loco-Motion” (Little Eva), “Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Shirelles), “One Fine Day” (Chiffons) and “Chains” (Cookies, later covered by the Beatles).