I was privledged to attend the opening night of Beautiful, The Carole King Story in Cincinnati. The Aronoff Center is hosting the show until May 14 and I wanted to review this spectacular show and tell you why this show is an absolute must see.
We all know Carole King the legendary singer and the unforgettable soundtrack of her renound album Tapestry. But, if you think that this show is simply a feel good concert of her favorite hits then you are setting the bar low for what you actually witness.
You are introduced to Carole Klein, a 16 year old budding musician who wants to sell her music. Julia Knitel plays Carole with such humility and quirkiness that you instantly fall in love with her even before she belts out her first number.
The show moves towards her coming of age where you don’t only meet her first husband and lyricist partner, Gerry Goffin but also her lifelong friends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. If the names don’t sound familiar their music absolutely will. Together they have written and arranged the soundtrack of so many of our lives.
Erika Olson was a sheer delight as Cynthia. Her powerhouse vocals and quick witted delivery was a real treat.
The ensemble casts that represent classic acts such as The Drifters and the The Shirelles not only take you back in time but their talent and passion for the music exudes and makes the songs timeless. It was like attending a concert mixed with a documentary. I laughed, I cried and still left wanting more.
Truly this cast told the Carole King story with integrity and passion. I was enthralled from the beginning of the first act and am still humming, “I feel the Earth move under my feet” days later. You can catch the show until May 12 at the Aronoff Center and you might catch me there again because seeing this show once wasn’t enough.
Tickets are on sale now and available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street or www.cincinnatiarts.com
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513-621-ARTS
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