Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL 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 made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
BEAUTIFUL features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song.
Sarah Bockel perfectly embodies legendary singer Carole King. Her gravitas and heart make you fall in love with her during all the lows and highs of her career. The passion and pain in her amazing singing voice will take you on an emotional ride leaving you to want more.
Dylan S. Wallach hits the spot as the troubled, drug-abusing and philandering Gerry Goffin.
Rounding out the cast in supporting roles are Alison Whitehurt as the ambitious pro-feminist Weil, and Jacob Heimer as the neurotic hypochondriac Mann, who receives most of the show’s laughs.
The best part of the musical is the jammed filled songs from King-Goffin-Weil-Mann catalog. Attending the show you will be treated to an extraordinary walk through musical history, where you don’t be able to stop tapping your feet while swaying along to the tunes.
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with 1 intermission
Beautiful is now playing through February 10th. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.boston.broadway.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House Box Office, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA