Saturday, January 4, 2014

Beautiful The Carole King Musical

In recent years many “jukebox musicals” have failed likely because there is either a weak or no story line.  Karen is the Carole King fan in the family and really wanted to see Beautiful The Carole King Musical before a birthday or anniversary came up.  I was pleasantly surprised as it was a biography of Carole King with her songs interspersed throughout.  Perhaps the title is a little misleading since her personal and professional relationships with Gerry Goffin (her husband) and the songwriting team of  Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were detailed during the show.  Believe me this is NOT A JUKEBOX MUSICAL.  The songs and their performances by actors portraying the Drifters, Little Eva and others were integrated into the story line.

I know that many of my oldies enthusiast friends will be reading this.  I highly recommend that you see this show.  I expect that it will be as much of a success as Jersey Boys.

Review of the San Francisco Production in Variety

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