Disclosure: I received tickets to Beautiful ~ The Carole King Musical as an opportunity through the Tampa Bay Bloggers and The Straz Center in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thank you to my sister-in-law Jenna for this photo…
You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel
Now showing at The Straz Center, through April 26 – May 1, is BEAUTIFUL ~ The Carole King Musical. Thanks to my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers and the Straz Center, I had the chance to attend opening last night with my sister-in-law Jenna and it was pure magic.
Chances are, you are a fan of Carole King. I have always considered myself to be a bit of an old soul when it comes to music, thanks to my mom and dad’s taste in music. I love a wide variety and I love really really good music. The kind that you feel and that makes you realize you are not alone in feeling the things you feel. Carole King does just this. My favorite Carole King song, if I had to pick just one, would be “It’s Too Late”.
What I didn’t realize, is just how many songs Carole King wrote that became hits for so many big names. She sold her first song at the age of 17 and ended up meeting her husband Gerry Goffin shortly after. It was the start of an emotional life as they wrote songs together and had two daughters. She wrote the music, he wrote the lyrics. Together they created amazing music, the soundtrack of a lifetime. They formed a lifelong friendship with fellow songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. But it was the love and emotion and fear and hurt of her relationship with Gerry that brought her to finally sing her own songs, to put them all on one album after a chance night at a local club where she got up and sang in front of her first audience.
I was in awe last night as I listened to the AMAZING Abby Mueller as she sang her heart out and sounded so much like Carole King. I loved hearing her classic hits as they fell into place in her life, in her struggles, in her ups and downs. Abby Mueller owned that stage playing piano and singing classics like “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “It’s Too Late”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman”, and of course, “Beautiful”.
You will laugh, you will reminisce, and you will cry as you go through her life from the age of 17 to her debut at Carnegie Hall. From her falling in love, to becoming a strong successful woman, to facing her own fears and emotions by singing the songs that made her HER.
Do yourself a favor and go and see Beautiful at the Straz Center. You will not regret it. And if you’re not in Tampa, see it in a city near you.