Following a highly successful West End run of two and a half years and a sell-out tour in 2017/18, the 2020 tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will star Daisy Wood-Davis as Carole King.
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Locomotion.
Daisy Wood-Davis, born and bred in Bromley, will be joined by Adam Gillian as Gerry Goffin, Laura Baldwin as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Cameron Sharp as song-writer Barry Mann, Susie Fenwick as King’s mother Genie Klein and Oliver Boot as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner. At certain performances, Carole King will be played by Vicki Manser.
Daisy Wood-Davis is probably best known as Kim Butterfield in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. Her other TV credits include Tansy Meadow in EastEnders and Phoebe Crowhurst in Holby City. Daisy’s theatre credits include Laura in Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End and on tour, Janet in the European tour of The Rocky Horror Show and most recently Sheila in the UK tour of Hair.
As busy as she is, Daisy answered these questions for us:
How did you feel when you were offered the role of Carole King?
It’s hard to find the words. I’ve been so lucky so far, with doing some amazing jobs and working with some great people, but the moment my agent called me to tell me I’d been offered Carole was unlike any of the previous calls. It meant so much to me and I wanted it more than anything I’ve been up for before.
Are there any particular Carole King songs that closely resonate with you or that you are looking forward to performing?
Yeah there is. You’ve got a friend (as well as the whole Tapestry album) was a song that was introduced to me by my Nana. We were extremely close and she isn’t with us anymore; I used to sing this song to her when she asked me to as she loved to hear me sing. The scene when Carole sings this to Cynthia, Barry and Donnie is so well written I’ve not thought about this personal element whilst I’ve been singing it, but it’s just nice knowing I’m singing a song she loved so much.
How have rehearsals been going so far?
They’ve been great! I’m loving every second of them. We have finished blocking the whole show 3 days into our second week so I’m really happy we’ve got that far. Now it’s time to add details, work on the scenes and really get stuck into our characters.
What do you think are the main takeaway messages from this show?
That life doesn’t go the way you want it to sometimes but as long as you stand by your decisions, know your worth and believe in yourself, you’ll achieve your own form of greatness!
You took some time away from musical theatre whilst you were in Hollyoaks; how do you find performing on stage compares to performing on camera and do you have a preference?
Yeah it’s so different. I really love doing both and I hope my career continues to allow me to do that. They require such a different skill set that I really feel so lucky to have been able to learn from both. How excited are you to be opening this new Beautiful tour in your home town of Bromley?
Hugely!! Bromley is my hometown, it’s where I first experienced theatre at all the Churchill Theatre pantomimes. It’s also where I opened my first job, Dreamboats and Petticoats, which kick started my career, so it’s strange really, something about it is meant to be. It’s been 11 years since we opened Dreamboats at the Churchill so it’s going to be lovely to be back.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA from 11th – 18th January. Times: 7.30pm; Thursday matinee 2.30pm. Admission: £20 – £49. Phone: 020 3285 6000.