On the Stage: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

What hardly any music fan realizes is what goes into the making of a song. They may be under the impression that a band or one person in it writes a complete song by themselves. But they would be quite surprised to see a show like this that exposes how the biggest hits of the Motown era were created: by songwriters employed by record companies.

Carole King, her husband, and her friends were responsible for huge hits like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “The Loco-Motion,” and “One Fine Day.” Carole’s personal strength was showcased right alongside her professional prowess as we saw her go from a very young mother trying to make it in the music business while raising her family to a housewife trying to create the sound of a new era while her husband Gerry Goffin cheated on her with the hot, young singers.

Carole knew that it was time for a change in her life. She left Gerry, moved to Los Angeles from New York, and she began a new chapter in her life singing her own songs on her own accord. She became far more successful than she ever imagined with her first solo album Writer in 1970. The show culminates with her famous show at Carnegie Hall in 1971.

The music of this show is a fantastic representation of the glorious 60s, and I totally appreciate seeing how it was made by this talented team of songwriters. But the personal aspect of the show made you feel for Carole, and the empathy created watching her good times and bad made the ending truly bombastic.

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