If like the rest of the world aged over 40 you own a copy of Carole King’s Tapestry your abiding memory of Carole is probably all that gorgeous wavy hair and a generally hippy chick kind of vibe. Well that was my abiding memory. So imagine my confusion when I recently went to see the fabulous new musical in the West End ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Everything about the production was brilliant including I assume the attention to detail about the clothes. But I did feel for Katie Brayben, who plays Carole, as her clothes and for the most part hairstyle were awful. She resembles a suburban mum for most of the show.
I learnt a lot. The Carole King of Tapestry fame took a long time to emerge. Carole had spent her early twenties writing songs for other people with her first husband Gerry Goffin. In fact she had sold her first hit song ‘Will you love me tomorrow’ when she was 17. It took the breakdown of her marriage and a move to the West coast for Carole to find her own voice and Tapestry is the result.
The musical is full of fun, music and dance as well as real sadness. The actor playing Neil Sedaka singing a few lines of ‘Oh! Carol’ was a great touch. The sets were exciting and the whole cast were fabulous. A great night out. Go and see it if you can. It’s on at the Aldwych. I found myself very aware that everyone around me was trying not to sing along. Some with more sucess than others!
If you’re looking for a delicious Indian vegetarian meal before hand I would strongly recommend Sagar in Catherine Street, just round the corner. But go early it’s always packed!