London The Musical “Beautiful”  Trip

On Monday 26th March a group of us boarded the coach at the Cornmarket in Kettering to head for London.  We were all excited because we were looking forward to seeing what promised to be one of the best shows in town at the Aldwych theatre.  The musical BEAUTIFUL so called after one of her songs on her successful “Tapestry” album.     

After a tasty dinner at the Duke of Wellington near our theatre, we had an hour or so to spare before the performance so there was time to stroll among the early evening crowds to soak up the London ambience.  

We were not disappointed with the show as we followed the early writing career, the hits, and the highs and the heartache of a mother and a wife, and subsequent rise to  fame, as one of the best female writers of the later half of the 20th century.  The incomparable Carole King, who penned 118 pop hits.                                                                                                                            

Born Carol Joan Klein, she fought her way into an overcrowded music scene when she was only sixteen, along with Gerry Geffen her song   writing partner, whom she married at 17, wrote a massive hit for the Shirelles, with “Will you still love me tomorrow”. They went on to write many  more hits for the Drifters, Little Eva, Arethra Franklin, The Monkeys, and Herman Hermits to name just a few.

Katy Braben played Carole and looked and sounded just like her.  All  other characters were brilliant too and we were soon transported back to the 1960s and 1970s going down memory lane.  And going AHH! Carole’s first singing success was “It might as well rain until September” from her No І Album “Tapestry”. I agree with the critic who said it was the best music show ever.  A music lovers dream. We headed home well satisfied after another excellent outing.  Many thanks to Alex and the committee who came up trumps yet again.

Margo