The Life Story of Carole King

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You just call out my name, And you know wherever I am, I’ll come running, to see you again, Winter, spring, summer or fall, All you have to do is call, And I’ll be there, You’ve got a friend

You may have heard these verses in a song and a new musical playing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House from September 4-9 will tell you who wrote them. In “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” we join Carole(Sarah Bockel) on her journey from up and coming songwriter to an incredible solo artist.

Over the course of Carole’s life a lot happens, and she endures a lot. When the show starts she is 16 and is getting hired to work as a composer at a recording studio. As the play goes on we learn about her childhood and her love for music. By the end of the play, we see an accomplished 29-year-old woman who is an amazing solo artist. Over the course of two-and-a-half hours, we go through 13 years that show us the many amazing layers of Carole King.  

The representation of Ms. King’s life was incredible and had some of her best songs such as “Up On The Roof”, “One Fine Day”, and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. All of these songs enhanced the life of King, who composed songs, and her husband Gerry Goffin (Dylan Wallach), who was the lyricist for their songs.

Another part to the musical that made all of us feel a personal connection to this musical was the rivalry between Carole and Gerry and Cynthia (Alison Whitehurst) and Barry (Jacob Heimer), who wrote some songs like “On Broadway” and “Uptown,” since during the musical, the two duos are always trying to one-up each other, which we often do in life with our own friends. These songs and actors/actresses were all things that helped make this performance more meaningful.

This musical was one of the many I’ve been to and by far the best. In Denver, everything gets a standing ovation, but this was the only one where it actually was worth it. Although at some points there was content that would’ve been intense for younger kids it was a show that I think everyone should go see.