Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome

by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 11th November and #BrumHour had the chance to see it last night on its first UK Tour.

It’s the story of Carole King‘s life told as a play with her vast catalogue of music as and the music of those around her in a New York based music factory.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

It begins with Carole – Bronté Barbé defending her aspiration to become a song writer to her mother Genie Klein – Carol Royle. Her mother just wants her to get a regular job, the story takes advantage of time jumps and plays with the expectations of the audience a little.

Bronté Barbé impresses with her vocals immediately and her warm straight forward portrayal of Carole makes you connect to the story straight away. Carole meets Gerry Goffin – Kane Oliver Parry at high school and his initial brush off is soon forgotten as Gerry spots her potential and sheer talent. They become an on-off writing duo as well as swiftly falling in love.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

After winning over New York record producer Dinnie Kirshner – Adam Howden, Carole is unsuccessfully paired with Cynthia Weil, smoothly played by Amy Ellen Richardson with a lovely comic line delivery. However Cynthia is spotted by Barry Mann – Matthew Gonsalves and a new writing partnership is born.

A huge array of music this talented bunch has written, is then presented to us in short scenes One Fine Day, Up on the Roof, We gotta get out of this place, Some Kind of Wonderful and The Locomotion.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Normally the music is the story telling device at a musical as it helps connect you to the characters further, but in a musical biography it becomes a display of big numbers. Seeing performances from “The Drifters” “The Shirelles” “Little Eva” and “The Righteous Brothers” really adds to the concert vibe of the whole production.

This is a snapshot of Carole King’s life from 1958 to around the end of 1972. Carole’s Award Winning Album Tapestry was released in 1971 and we also see songs performed including You’ve got a Friend, I feel the Earth Move and of course Beautiful.

Well worth a trip to see Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome. It actually has a split run so is on Until Saturday 11th November and then returns in 2018 from 31st January until 4th February.

Tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/beautiful-carole-king-musical


#BrumHour was invited to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical by Birmingham Hippodrome and this isn’t a sponsored post.

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