Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce that Kayla Rivera will take on the role of Carole King in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. The Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Award-winning musical BEAUTIFUL, which tells the story of music legend Carole King’s early life and career, opens at the Meralco Theatre on June 14, 2019.
Kayla Rivera made her professional musical theatre debut playing Nina Rosario in Atlantis’ acclaimed staging of IN THE HEIGHTS in 2011. She has gone on to play Princess Jasmine in Disney’s ALADDIN, Carrie White in CARRIE, Wednesday Addams in THE ADDAM’S FAMILY, Sherrie in ROCK OF AGES, and, most recently, Violet Hilton in SIDE SHOW. Kayla started her career as a pop singer having been one of the final contenders in the ABS CBN singing competition STAR POWER. BEAUTIFUL will mark her biggest role to date.
Kayla says, "I am so honored to be a part of BEAUTIFUL, more so playing the role of Carole King herself. Her music is timeless and simply touches the heart and soul of listeners. Beyond that, she broke barriers by making her mark in a male-dominated industry with the historic success of one of the best selling albums of all time, “Tapestry.” She is a true inspiration and it is such a blessing to be trusted with this role. I can’t wait to share her heart and deep love for music with a Filipino audience.”
Joining Kayla in BEAUTIFUL is Nick Varricchio, who was last seen in Manila as Double J in Atlantis’ touring production of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Nick will be playing Carole’s writing partner and husband Gerry Goffin. Nick’s musical theatre credits include A CHORUS LINE, HAPPY DAYS, LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and SPRING AWAKENING. This will be his second musical in Manila.
Nick says, “I feel honored to join Atlantis’s production of BEAUTIFUL. The chance to create with Bobby Garcia and his team makes me daydream about the tapestry we are going to weave. Ms. King was once called ‘the first woman to give a downbeat,’ and I am eager to tell her story through words on pitch.”
Together, Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote over 20 hit songs including UP ON THE ROOF and WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW. They were married for nine years, from 1959 to 1968 and have two daughters, Louise and Sherry.
Joining Kayla and Nick are some of the country’s most acclaimed upcoming theatre stars. Mikkie Bradshaw-Volante, last seen on the Atlantis stage as Lauren in KINKY BOOTS, will play Cynthia Weil, Carole’s friend and rival. George Schulze, last seen as Earl in WAITRESS, will play Barry Mann. Gab Pangilinan, currently starring in ANG HULING EL BIMBO, will play the lead singer of The Shirelles and Marilyn Wald. Jill Peña, who last appeared in SIDE SHOW plays one of the Shirelles and Janelle Woods. Teetin Villanueva, who previously appeared in WAITRESS, will play Little Eva and one of the Shirelles. Maronne Cruz, fresh from her critically acclaimed performance as Dawn in WAITRESS, will be playing Betty, Carole’s childhood best friend. Among the actors who will be playing The Drifters are; Tim Pavino, who recently played the title role in MIONG; Arman Ferrer, who last appeared in SIDE SHOW; Jep Go, who recently appeared in ETO NA! MUSIKAL nAPO!; and Markus Mann, last seen as Judas in GODSPELL in Florida. Nelsito Gomez, who recently concluded his critically acclaimed turn as Louis in ANGELS IN AMERICA, will play a number of roles including Neil Sedaka. Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, who last appeared in KINKY BOOTS, will play one of the Righteous Brothers. Joining them are Gabby Padilla, Dean Rosen and Alex Reyes.
Theatre veterans Jamie Wilson and Carla Guevara-Laforteza also join the cast as Don Kirshner and Genie Klein.
With a book by Douglas McGrath, BEAUTIFUL has been thrilling theatergoers with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. From the string of pop classics she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, chart-busting success with “Tapestry,” BEAUTIFUL takes you back to where it all began – and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Featuring unforgettable classics such as “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “So Far Away,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Award-winning musical phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember, and a story you’ll never forget. BEAUTIFUL continues to run on Broadway and on US National Tour.
BEAUTIFUL runs from June 14 to July 7, 2019 at the Meralco Theater, Pasig City. For tickets, visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891 9999.
BEAUTIFUL is a co-production of Atlantis Theatrical and ABS-CBN. Special thanks to Oman Air, Discovery Suites Ortigas, Delta Air, PhilStar, RX 93.1 and Wish 107.5
Age Restriction: Beautiful is recommended for ages 11 and up. Children under the age of four are not permitted inside the theater.