Full cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical announced
The full cast of Beautiful the Musical was announced this morning by producer Michael Cassel ahead of its opening at the newly refurbished Sydney Lyric on 17 of September this year.
Joining previously announced Esther Hannaford as Carole King will be Josh Piterman as Gerry Goffin, musical theatre star Amy Lehpamer as Cynthia Weil, Mat Verevis as Barry Mann, Mike McLeish as Don Kirshner and Anne Wood as Corole King’s mother Genie Klein.
The full company also include Jason Arrow, Stefanie Caccamo, Doron Chester, Barry Conrad, Andrew Cook, Marcus Corowa, Julia Dray, Akina Edmonds, Nana Matapule, Cameron MacDonald, Lorinda Merrypor, Joseph Naim, Ruvarashe Ngwenya, Naomi Price, Rebecca Selley, Sean Sinclair, Angelina Thomson and Chloé Zuel.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical charts the true story of the legendary singer’s journey from teenage songwriter to international superstar.
Director Marc Bruni has praised the newly assembled Australian cast saying; “In the three years since we opened on Broadway we’ve taken Beautiful to London and toured across the US, finding some remarkable performers to bring this story to life. We’re proud to grow our family with this phenomenal Australian company – superb actors with exceptional voices who really did make the earth move under our feet in the audition room!”
One of Australia’s most versatile and in-demand performers, Esther Hannaford collected a Sydney Theatre Award in January for cult musical classic Little Shop of Horrors. She garnered a Helpmann and a Green Room Award for playing quirky sidekick Penny Pingleton in Hairspray and has won plaudits for her performances as bootlegger Billie Bendix in The Production Company’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, the wistful Bonnie-Mae in Nick Enright’s Miracle City, and Ann Darrow in King Kong.
A former member of the acclaimed Ten Tenors, Josh made his mark as Tony in the 2010 tour of West Side Story. He recently won a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his turn in the 2016 tour of Cats playing Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger. Previous roles include Edward in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray, Ramon Gutierrez in An Officer And A Gentleman, The Caliph in Kismet for The Production Company and Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza at The Arts Centre in late 2016.
With beginnings as a violinist, Amy has forged a career of diverse roles earning her a reputation as one of Australia’s most versatile leading ladies. Her portrayal of Maria in The Sound of Music, earned her the 2015 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Most recently, she channelled the iconic Dusty Springfield in the Australian hit musical Dusty. Previous roles include Reza in Once, starry-eyed Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Christine Colgate in the musical adaptation of the hit comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the iconic Janet Weiss alongside Craig McLachlan’s FranknFurter in The Rocky Horror Show.
The singer songwriter was born and raised in Cairns, graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) before singing his way into the top 4 of The Voice Australia on team will.i.am. He signed a major recording/publishing deal with Universal, writing and recording music for both himself and other artists. Previous stage and screen credits include Aladdin in Bonnie Lythgoe’s Aladdin & His Wondrous Lamp, the Australian and international concert tour of Boys in The Band and most recently Abe Forsyth’s Australian black comedy film Down Under.
Best known to Australian audiences for his portrayal of Paul Keating in Casey Bennetto’s Keating! The Musical, Mike’s varied stage credits include Shane Warne The Musical, Miracle City and most recently, Bruce Woodley in Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical. Mike was artistic director of the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival and has written and performed many of his own shows. Off stage, he recently filmed new ABC comedy drama, Mustangs FC. Other television credits include Utopia, Offspring, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Time of Our Lives.
Best known for her portrayal of Donna Sheridan in the Australian premiere of Mamma Mia! earning her a Green Room Award and an invitation to play the role on London’s West End. She later recreated the role for the 10th anniversary national tour. She has spent time in London and Hamburg playing leading roles in Cats, Aspects of Love, Crazy For You, A Swell Party and Barnum.
Her Australian credits include Irene in Crazy For You, Elsa Schraeder in The Sound Of Music, Mrs. Mullin in Carousel, Electra in Gypsy, Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes, and Madame Morrible in Wicked.
New seats will be released on Monday 8 May, with the musical extended until 12 November. Tickets are available from beautifulmusical.com.au.