Some songs you’ll never forget, especially those with powerful lyrics that run through your head endlessly for days. It’s time to flashback to the ‘60s with the musical Beautiful The Carole King Musical.
As a young artist, Carole King fights to break into the record industry with her first hit, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’. Romance picks up and the record hits keep making the top of the charts as King faces her greatest challenge – finding her voice through her music.
Needless to say, the music is fantastic – who doesn’t love a great Carole King tune? Starring as Carole King, Cassidy Janson completely captured the essence of King’s voice in the well-known ballad ‘Beautiful’. Alongside Janson, was Matthew Seadon-Young as Gerry Goffin. The two performers really embodied the emotional struggles between King and Goffin. The relationship of King and Goffin’s close friends, Cynthia Weil (Lorna Want) and Barry Mann (Ian McIntosh) made the musical more interesting as the audience learned about how their close friendship was a part of King’s life. The entire ensemble of this musical is spectacularly talented. The ensemble version of The Drifters singing ‘On Broadway’ was (for lack of a better word) awesome!
This musical has everything audiences expect from a West End production. The set had a subtle style of a ‘60s living room, which switched to frame the record rooms on various levels. The lighting was bright like the old ‘60s show lights. The costumes were flashy, stylish and all the dresses really fit the women so well accenting their best features. It’s not often that all the concepts of a show fit perfectly, but in the case of this musical, the overall concept of the entire show was realised.
Beautiful is a musical to see with your friends, family or even by yourself. Whoever you do or don’t go with, that doesn’t matter. Just go! It will take all your strength not to get up and dance to the amazing mash-up of hits. Beautiful is everything audiences love about live musical theatre.
Review by Aly Chromy
Beautiful The Carole King Musical
London WC2B 4DF
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minute interval