Review: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, at the Bristol Hippodrome

Posted on Apr 5 2018 - 5:39pm by Claire Herbaux
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What can I say, it’s beautiful!

The Carole King Musical has everything you want in a show: The entertainment, the feeling, the songs, but also a storyline which makes you come out of the theatre feeling like you found out something you didn’t know before.

In my case, I know Carole King from her later years (ok, I admit I partly started recognising her name from the Gilmore Girls theme tune). Admittedly, I was one of the youngest people in the audience. Boy, is my generation missing out on a show!

Others knew her from her beginnings (be it songwriting or singing) and probably knew a little more about her from the onset, but I was amazed by some of the songs I didn’t know she had written!

The show is a fantastic mix of her personal story and hit songs performed on stage by some of our favourite bands from the 60s.

It starts out with 16-year-old Carole (Bronté Barbé) heading to Times Square to try and sell her first song to Donnie Kirschner (Adam Howden). She succeeds and starts her career, soon joined by her partner and husband-to-be Gerry Goffin (Kane Oliver Parry) and meets Cynthia Weil (Any Ellen Richardson) and Barry Mann (Matthew Gonsalves) who become her close friends.

What follows is almost story of how some of the best songs from the 60s and 70s with The Shirelles and The Drifters performing songs such as The Locomotion, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and Some Kind Of Wonderful.

Whilst Carole King’s life wasn’t always easy, one of the most heartwarming moments of the show is seeing the making of You’ve Got A Friend.

And dear younger generation, if you still need convincing, let me tell you the encore will be a song you recognise from a certain TV show’s revival 😉

Beautiful runs at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday April 7. Tickets are available here.

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