In continuation of our partnership with Broadway Across America, we present to you Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, now playing at the Broward Center through May 22, 2016. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is on tour and hitting every note is aims for. Carole is ready to serenade you like your ears have never heard before.
I’m an old soul who appreciates the greatest tunes from every decade. From Doo-Wop to Motown, to Dillon and the Doors, I love it all. About three years ago I saw James Taylor and Carole King perform in concert. After seeing close to one hundred events in six years, that show definitely made my Top 5. I will never forget how impressed I was with how Ms. King danced and grooved across the stage in 6-inch stilettos, better than any of my girlfriends could.
Who doesn’t know the words to “You’ve Got A Friend?” Surely it’s been used as the theme song to some sentimental event throughout your life. But did you know it was the legendary Carole King who composed that song? In fact, I’m willing to bet you didn’t know half of the songs that she is responsible for, mostly due to the fact they were written for some of the best performers of their time including The Shirelles, Bobby Vee, The Drifters, Little Eva, The Beatles, and The Monkees!
And how about the all-time famous hit every woman has belted out in the car, shower and probably some random spot on the street about how he makes you feel LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN! Yes, Aretha Franklin sang it, but it was Ms. King who wrote it.
If you enjoy good music and high-energy performers, you are guaranteed to love Beautiful. The story opens with Abby Mueller (Carole King) singing ‘So Far Away’ at the piano; and if you close your eyes, you would think it was Carole King herself. The depth and tone of her voice mimics the legendary artist impressively well. The chemistry between the performers is vibrant and connected. You feel like you are part of the show, right there in the middle of the action, with the way they bring the story to life. The costumes and set was executed perfectly to represent the appropriate time period.
Carole King’s humorist sarcasm accompanied by a broken heart provided a mix of emotions as we are taken on the journey through the beginning of her career. Another notable performer in the show included Carole’s mother, Genie, played by Suzanne Grodner. She pulled off the Brooklyn accent without a hitch, carried herself just as any mother of that time would have, and had a few one liners that will make you LOL. I must say that I was interestingly impressed with the performance given by Ben Fankhauser who played the role of Barry Mann. His voice was captivating and I may have mentioned a few times to my girlfriend something about him serenading me sometime…maybe.
I highly recommend this production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Thankfully I was on the aisle so I could sing and dance in my seat without bothering anyone because this music will have you moving!
About Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
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 made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and the 2015 Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. BEAUTIFUL is currently playing to sold out crowds at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway.
The parental guidance lists this show as appropriate for children ages 11+. Beautiful runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one (1) fifteen-minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Food is not permitted inside the theatre for this performance.
Ticket prices start at $35. There are plenty of shows left to choose from, including matinee options, with the last show on May 22, 2016. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is playing at the The Broward Center for the Performing Arts which is located at 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at 954.462.0222. Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about upcoming Broadway shows coming to South Florida!
A Broadway workshop for students will be held for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on May 14, 2016 at 11:30AM in the JM Family Studio Theater. The workshop is recommended for students ages 12-18 and is free. The workshop will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at national touring productions with members of the cast and crew in a one-hour lively exchange. For individual workshop tickets, click here, for Groups of 10 or more, call 954.660.6307, or email Groups@BrowardCenter.org.
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