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BrumHour saw Beautiful at the invite of Birmingham Hippodrome.
For Brum Radio’s Interval Theatre, Garry Robson talked about his role in Beautiful as it arrives at Birmingham Hippodrome. Listen below:
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A fantastic new production!
Directed by Nikolai Foster, by Douglas McGrath
Carole King (Molly-Grace Cutler) is 16 and tells her mother that she doesn’t actually want to become a teacher but wants to become a songwriter. She moves to New York, demonstrates her songwriting skills to hit-maker Donnie Kirshner (Garry Robson), and then Carole meets Gerry Goffin (Tom Milner) with whom she instantly has a connection.
Exploring the life of Carole King from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, this brand new production features a huge number of well-known songs – which are presented in a very different way to the majority of musicals. Rather than breaking into song, the characters are showing their demo versions, performances and reworkings of songs. There are some fourth wall breaks as the characters occasionally see and speak to the audience.
Seeing actors sing and play live music on stage is a total joy and really sets it head and shoulders above other productions. There’s a sense of play and workshopping with the cast that also appears in the final product very strongly and it is clear the actors here are having a wonderful time too.
The biggest difference in this new staging of the production is the stripped-back intimate nature of the set, there are three walls fairly constantly on stage and the chance to see the inner workings of the theatre mirrors the ability of the show to present the inner workings of the song industry.
I’d been lucky enough to see the first UK tour of this production in 2017 and returning to this to see the huge talents of Molly-Grace Cutler and Tom Milner who I previously saw in Belgrade Theatre’s We’ll Live and Die in These Towns was an absolute treat.
While the show is about finding your own voice and stepping out alone, the production itself shows that teamwork is hugely important too.
A fantastic new production, Beautiful The Carole King Musical is at Birmingham Hippodrome until 3rd September 2022. Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/beautiful-the-carole-king-mu.