BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical

(Tickets available for 14th February at The Kings Theatre, Glasgow.)

1971 was a big year in UK music. Songs like George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord,’ and Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May,’ were being being sung in school playgrounds all over the land. Kids who were into more commercial pop music would debate the ‘best band around.’ Was it the emerging Bay City Rollers or T. Rex? Slade were making chart inroads with ‘Coz I Luv You,’ and of course Status Quo, even then were banging out single after single.

But the ‘cool’ kids, I mean, were those walking around in their Army & Navy surplus store great-coats, with an album under their arm. Of course, there were plenty that had jumped on the Yes bandwagon and were never seen without a copy of ‘Fragile.’ But the really cool kids – those older, more musically mature kids, the ones that were possibly even taking their Music Higher (!) carried a copy of either ‘Mud Slide Slim,’ by James Taylor, or’Tapestry’ by Carole King.

What did those pesky kids know that we (I) didn’t? Here we are, forty-six years later, and  ‘Tapestry’ remains one of the best selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies shifted!

However, long before she was Carole King, the ‘chart-topping music legend,’ she was just an ordinary girl, but with an extraordinary talent.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, Locomotion, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

(Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.)