Why you should see Beautiful – The Carole King Musical this week



By Amanda Ward
Writer for What’s On Hub

This week’s offering from the Hull New Theatre is “Beautiful, the Carole King Musical” I was lucky to get a ticket for a packed first night’s performance and it was “Fab-u-lous!”

The musical takes the audience on a foot tapping journey through Carole King’s hits from her earliest, which she wrote at just 16 years old, “So far away” Both her solo writing and the hits written with her husband Gerry Goffin have been sung by such famous groups as The Drifters, The Shirelles, Little Eva and The Righteous Brothers. It was fascinating to see the music grow and change through the 60’s and 70’s onwards.

The wardrobe was envy inducing, especially that of The Shirelles and also Cynthia Weil. The cast had many costume changes all speedily and cleverly carried out. The scenery was simple, effective and moved in and out smoothly, taking us from home to her workplace music room, with effective lighting to enhance the scenes for the audience.

Miss King was played by Bronté Barbé who thrilled us with her wonderful, clear and powerful voice and was supported by a lively and talented young cast whose singing and dancing was beautifully choreographed and reminiscent of the 60’s groups

If you get a chance to see this show, don’t miss it while it’s on at Hull New Theatre. It’s definitely worth it before “It’s too late” when the show finishes on Saturday 25th November.

You can book tickets online at hulltheatres.co.uk, in person at the box offices or by calling 01482 300 306.