I LOVE Musical Theatre! And I LOVE the music of “my generation” – the 60’s and 70’s. Which is why I was so excited to attend Beautiful: The Carole King Musical when it came to Houston last week.
Carole King’s music was one track of the soundtrack of my youth, as they say. I can still envision the beautiful cover of her Grammy award winning “Tapestry” album lying on my bed as I listened to her album. That was in the day when you went to a RECORD STORE and purchased an ALBUM of the music you liked. You bought the WHOLE ALBUM and didn’t just cherry-pick a few favorites. But I digress.
The musical opens when Carole was just a teenager composing songs and trying to sell them to publishing houses. While attending Queens College, she met her writing partner and future husband Gerry Goffin.
The show takes you through the early days of their careers, the demise of their marriage and Carole finding herself as a critically acclaimed solo performer in the 1970’s.
You’ll hear all the hits Carole King is known for: So Far Away, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, It’s Too Late, and Natural Woman.
But you’ll also hear hits that King & Goffin wrote together for other artists, which may surprise you:
- Up On The Roof – The Drifters
- The Locomotion – Little Eva
- Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees
Great story. Great music. A totally enjoyable evening of musical theatre.
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