Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Wales Millennium Centre

The amazing setting of the Wales Millennium Centre heightened the ambience and setting of the show. The Story line is a snapshot in time of Carole Kings humble beginnings, from a teenager in the 50s to the 70s ending in the production of her number one hit album ‘Tapestry’. 

The show opened with Carole in Carnegie hall, saying, ‘I can’t believe I’m here’.  It then went back in time to a 16 year old Carole, at the start of her career, not sure whether to go into teaching or song writing, Lucky for us she made the right choice. Carole’s first hit song was ‘Will you love me tomorrow’ which was a collaboration with her then husband Gerry Goffin whom she met in Queens College, New York.  Something that the show brought to my attention was how many hit songs this writing duo wrote, The Loco – motion, Take Good Care of My Baby, One Fine Day, Up on the Roof and many more.

The production focused on the relationship between Carole and Gerry and the other well-known song writing partnership Cynthia Weil and Barry Man who wrote, You’ve lost that loving feeling – The Righteous Brother, We Gotta get out of the Place – the Animals. To name but a few.

The Actors had been cast amazingly, Daisy Wood Davis – Carole King, Adam Gilliam – Gerry Goffin, Laura Baldwin – Cynthia Weil and Cameron Sharp – Barry Mann.  They were able to cover all the songs from both partnerships as well as providing emotion and feeling to the storyline. There were backing actors who rotated throughout the show seamlessly to cover artists at the time who sang the songs written and individuals that were part of their lives at that time,  Daisy,  gave a fantastic rendition of  ‘Will you love me tomorrow’, gave me the shivers…

The staging had been cleverly put together, as well as the costume design which drew you in to the time setting of the periods covered. What was nice, as well, there was a band in the pit, which gave it more ethnicity.

Overall, I came away thinking, amazing and wow I hadn’t realised simply how much input to our music history Carole King has, and would highly recommend the show.

Until March 14

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