Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Set to Premiere at theREP in Albany

Coming to Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP) this summer is their very own rendition of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Previews begin on Friday, July 12. The official opening night is Tuesday, July 16, and the show will run through Sunday, August 18.

Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “Natural Woman,” this international phenomenon is filled with the showstoppers everyone knows and loves.

beautiful: the carole king musical

The Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning Carole King musical thrilled Broadway audiences for six years, and now makes its way over to theREP in its own up-close-and-personal production for a unique experience unlike anything on Broadway. On certain days of the show’s running, theREP will host pre-performance events serving complimentary food and drinks, all provided by local restaurants, distilleries, and vendors. Events include a chef’s table, a happy hour, and special conversation with cast and crew members. Below is the full list of events and their descriptions.

REP-ception nights sponsored by Delmar Beverage Center

Preview Performance – Friday, July 12-Sunday July 14
Patrons can act out their own “Beautiful” dreams by jumping on stage for a karaoke session before each preview performance.

Opening Night – Tuesday, July 16
Includes complimentary post-show champagne toast. Sponsored by Columbia Development Companies. 

Chef’s Table – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23
Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by local restaurants

ASL Performance – 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27
This performance features sign language interpreters. To request access to the designated seating section, please call the box office at 518.346.6204

Thirsty Thursday – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 1
Light fare and tasting samples from local breweries, cideries, and distilleries.

Behind the Scenes – 1 p.m. Sunday, August 4
12:30 p.m., complimentary coffee and pastry before the pre-show presentation of the special effects behind “Beautiful,” hosted by Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. This special conversation is free and open to the public.

This production also sees the return of several alumni from theREP, including Elizabeth Nestlerode, playing the role of Carole King. Nestlerode returns to the MainStage in the titular role after playing Darlene in Honky Tonk Angels, and Evelyn/Mary Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. Shannon Rafferty (Cynthia Weil) and Taylor Hilt Mitchell (Barry Mann/Dance Captain) make their way back to theREP stage after stellar performances at theREP’s production of Jersey Boys earlier this year.

beautiful: the carole king musical

However, several actors make their debut at theREP with this production. Male lead Nikita Burshteyn (Gerry Goffin) is performing at theREP for the first time in his life after his landmark Off-Broadway performance as Romeo in Romeo and Bernadette.

Making their debut at theREP are Stavros Koumbaros (RB Bobby Hatfield), Adriana Vicinanzo (Betty), Christian A. Boyd (Drifter), Byron St. Cyr (Drifter), Damon McToy (Drifter)and Cal Mitchell (Drifter)

Previews for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical take place at theREP, 251 N. Pearl St., Albany ,July 12-14. Opening night is Tuesday, July16. Regular performance times from July 16 to August 18 are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with matinees 3p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. There is no matinee on July 17. Tickets are available on theREP’s website, linked here.

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