Nostalgic! Inspiring! Energetic! Just a few adjectives that come to mind after seeing the first national Broadway tour of Beautiful The Carole King Musical.
Rebecca LaChance, in the role of Carole King, is flawless. My God, some big shoes to step into! Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the original cast, has to be thrilled that the role on the road has been filled with the same gusto and grace.
This Jukebox musical works better than any I’ve seen. The sets and the scene changes, which are critical to the story, flow effortlessly.
If Ben Frankhauser, in the role of Barry Mann, doesn’t have a comedy gig on the side, he’s missing out on a lot of dollars. He and his hard to get wife, Cynthia Weil (played by Becky Gulsvig), are a match made in heaven. Their comic timing is spot on, as is their vocal talent.
Gerry Goffin (played by Liam Tobin), is accurately portrayed as a charming conflicted soul—sometimes you want to hug him and other times you want to shoot him. Indeed, Mr. Tobin has a great set of pipes.
At times, ensembles can be ignored throughout the theatre community. Not in this show! Each member is a unique thread in a beautifully crafted tapestry.
Rochester is a lucky city. Think about it. Beautiful is still on Broadway. The first national Broadway tour just left Chicago where it was planted for several months. And, in the very near future, it is scheduled to be in LA for an extended run. The arts are strong in Rochester—that is known throughout the country, which is why it gets shows like Beautiful The Carole King Musical.
Don’t miss this masterpiece, especially if you’re a fan of Carole King. You really will laugh and cry, and you certainly will enjoy heading down memory lane.
Beautiful The Carole King Musical is at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre through March 13th. Tickets and information are available at RBTL.org.