You know how hype can be, right? You keep hearing about how FABULOUS something is, about how you HAVE TO go, and you start to think, “Can it really be that great?” Well, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical lived up to all the hype and then some!
Mom and I attended last night’s performance and had a wonderful time! We both love Carole King’s music, but were amazed to learn how many songs she penned with then-husband Gerry Goffin that you might not have even known were hers (such as “One Fine Day” and “The Locomotion”).
The play focuses on Carole King’s early songwriting career, taking you just past the release of her solo album “Tapestry.” You get to see her struggles to balance her personal life and her career, the ups and downs of her relationship with Gerry Goffin, and her friendships with other songwriters and artists.
But what I enjoyed even more than hearing hits like “Up on the Roof” (trivia: one of my absolute favorite songs ever) and “You’ve Got a Friend,” was seeing the progression of Carole King’s character from a spunky teenager to a new wife and mother to a strong, independent woman. Whether or not you’re a fan of Carole King’s music, you’ll become a fan of Carole King the woman through the show.
I also have to say that the actor playing Carole King sounds so much like her that you could close your eyes and think you’re at a Carole King concert!
The show runs through this Sunday, April 17 and there are very limited seats still available, particularly for either performance (1:30 or 7:30) on Saturday, April 16. There are also solo seats available for all the remaining performances. You’re not going to talk during the show, so consider sitting by yourself and meeting up with your theater companion at intermission and post-show to discuss or have a sing-a-long or whatever! Click here to learn more about solo seats.
Whether you’re looking for an inside peek into the writing of some of the 60’s biggest hits or more insight into one of your favorite artists or just an evening of listening to classic songs woven together into the tapestry of a beautiful story (see what I did there?), seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is for you!