Nov 1, 2019
BEAUTIFUL: The Carol King Musical Preview
By Broadway Live INSIDER - Michael J. Miller
“You’ve gotta get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart.”
Just a month ago, on a crisp October Sunday afternoon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical played its final performance at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway.
The musical, charting the success of singer-songwriter Carole King, played 60 previews and 2,418 regular performances, surpassing the original production of Annie and the 1998 revival of Cabaret to become the 27th longest-running musical in Broadway history.
Having given its regards to Broadway, the show continues to shine in an ongoing North American tour that is now in its fifth year and continues to sell out venues across the country.
The Broadway and touring sensation will grace the historic stage of the Lexington Opera House November 22-24 for five performances that were nearly 90% sold out a month before the engagement comes to town.
It 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.
Her journey begins in a New York City recording studio where we watch the King-Goffin team pen some of the biggest hits of the 20th century. They wrote “Some Kind of Wonderful” for The Drifters, “Locomotion” for Little Eva, “It Might as Well Rain Until September” for Bobby Vee and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles.
It all leads up to the show-stopping finale with the title number, “Beautiful”, presented as if we are sitting in the audience at her celebrated Carnegie Hall performance in 1974 after her Grammy-winning success with her iconic 1970’s album “Tapestry”.
In these final moments of the show, when the actress who embodies King walks out in her Carnegie Hall dress and sits at the grand piano and sings “You’re as beautiful as you feel” you’ll understand why this show played for half a decade on Broadway and continues to sell out on this tour, which has already booked will into its sixth year on the road through 2021.
It truly is some kind of wonderful.