Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Broadway Review: Carole King musical rescues the book

Having written or co-written 118 songs that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, Carole King is considered one of the most influential music artists of the last 50 years.  It's no surprise that the Broadway musical about her would be incredibly satisfying to the ears.  King's career began in the 1960s when she, along with her former husband, Gerry Goffin, wrote dozens of chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards.  She had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter in 1960 at age 18, with "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow".

King became a major performer in her own right in the 1970s, when she would sing her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano. Her breakthough album, Tapestry. topped the U.S. chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years.

While the book that is the basis for the music is not known as exceptional, the production is fortunate to have the talents of Jessie Mueller, who as Carole King, delivers a spectacular performance on the piano and with vocals as she works her way through familiar favorites from the composer's career.

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