Every year, in the run up to Christmas, we go and see a feel good musical or play, with friends. This year, we tried to get tickets for Elf, but couldn't. Instead we decided on Beautiful, the Carol King story. Wow! what a wonderful choice! I'm so glad that Elf was sold out!
I've loved Carole King since I was a youngster. I drove my Dad mad with Tapestry and Thoroughbred playing on a eight track loop, in the car. Gosh, just typing eight track makes me feel old!!

Beautiful, the musical follows Carole King from when she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent to the chart topping legend she is today.

She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she reached her twenties she had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll from Aretha Franklin to The Monkees, The Drifters, to The Shirelles. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and Locomotion.

The cast was wonderful and the stage and set amazing. We had a fabulous afternoon and topped our festive treat off with a meal at Dimitri's.