Beautiful - the Carol King musical
An all-dancing ovation by appreciative audience
Don’t miss one of the best global musicals on at the Bristol Hippodrome. Beautiful is the multi-award-winning, inspiring biography, of one of the most brilliant singer-songwriters in the world, Carole King.
If you’re too young to have heard of her, she is the gentle, self-effacing and totally talented woman behind the 1971 album Tapestry that sold 25 million copies.
Spine-tingling songs in this Olivier, Grammy and Tony-award winning show, include You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow, So Far Away, The Loco-Motion, the heart-rending It’s Too Late and heart-warming You’ve Got A Friend.
More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by 1,000 global artists. There is hit-after-hit at the full-to-capacity Hippodrome that brought the appreciative audience to a dancing, standing ovation.
Expertly bringing this musical genius brilliantly to life is stage and TV star, Daisy Wood Davis, who takes Carole King from sweet 16 and selling her first record to juggling babies, marriage and finally divorce and playing at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall 12 years later.
Daisy Wood-Davis, epitomises King’s natural woman persona with a powerful voice that starts and finishes the show on that Carnegie Hall stage – and what an amazing set it is; capable of smoothly transforming into a suburban home, hospital and record company headquarters in seconds.
The actress portrays Carole setting out her creative desire as a 16-year-old with bustling, bossy mum, Genie (aptly played by Susie Fenwick) who wants her daughter to be a teacher but the teenager has a divine talent that must out.
King teams up with husband-to-be, lyricist, Gerry Goffin (the able Adam Gillian) and they prove to be a phenomenal writing team with two babies who put a massive strain on the marriage.
Their songs include Oh Carole made famous by Neil Sedaka, Take Good Care Of My Baby and Up On The Roof’ and became hits for the likes of The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin, The Animals, Hermits, The Drifters and The Righteous Brothers with superb cameos by the cast.
I didn’t realise how closely the couple worked with another song-writing pair, hypochondriac, Barry Mann (Cameron Sharp) and glamorous Cynthia Weil (Carly Cook). They were a funny, clever foil to the stresses and strains of King’s young marriage and parenthood, mixed with fame and money in the late 1960s and early 70s.
By the age of 28, King and Goffin had split. Until this time, you could see King looking oh so much older and straighter with her conservative short hair and middle-aged cardigans, trying desperately to be grown up while Goffin’s eyes wandered and his body philandered.
The split was a new lease of life for King. Instead of writing songs for others, King wrote them for herself and finally, persuaded to perform them, she grew her pre-Raphaelite hair, swapped A-line skirts for hippy frocks and took the music world by storm.
There is song-after-song that are three minutes of moving stories and dramas, all expertly executed with pitch-perfect performances and outfits that must have been flung on and off at record speed.
If you love Carole King you will adore this show. If you are too young, then be prepared to fall in love and experience one of the greatest musical talents in the world. And at the age of 76 Carole King is putting the power of her pen against President Trump and shows no signs of slowing down.
I give this show five stars.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is on at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday, February 29. To book call 0844 301 2871 or visit www.atgtickets.com/bristol. Tickets from £13 and the show runs for two hours 25 minutes including intermission.
Review: Melanie Greenwood
Photos: Helen Maybanks
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
PREVIEW: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is playing at the Bristol Hippodrome in February next year.
Following nearly three years in the West End and a sell-out tour in 2017-18, Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner in association with Michael Harrison are delighted to announce that the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning Beautiful- The Carole King Musical will hit the road again and tour throughout the UK and Ireland in 2020.
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting 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, including one of the best-selling albums of all time, Tapestry, and 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. The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get out of This Place.
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical is based on the early life and career of legendary singer/ songwriter Carole King. It has a book by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Online tickets from £13 by clicking HERE.
The show plays the city centre theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, February 25-29.