#theatrereview Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - Mayflower Theatre

Last night saw the opening of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. A show that tells the story of Carole King's rise to stardom - from her fantastic song writing to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular musical history.

Let's start with the set, the first thing the audience noticed was how simple and plain it seemed- wondering if it would move throughout to show the change in scenes. This certainly did not disappoint, the set moved throughout the performance by both cast and stage crew - so slick and as though a part of the scene. There were Musical instruments placed around the stage and on pieces of moving set that the cast seemlessly used throughout. The costumes were a delight - cloudy suits and dazzling glitter jackets for the Drifters, fur-trimmed gowns for the Shirelles to name a few.

The cast - one word can be used to describe them - phenomenal! It's hard to pin point one person, every member of this cast stole the show at any given moment. The scene changes were slick, the playing of the instruments amazing and the harmonies perfect.

Several songs were very smartly used to show King's changing circumstances and the move from dialogue and song was extremely slick.

Mollie-Grace Cutler who played Carole King is in fine voice and has the audience relate and love King from the moment the show starts.

A brilliant show with outstanding cast that will have your feet tapping to the music and jaw hurting from the constant smile. A feel good show that tells the story of King's life.

Beautiful- The Carole King Musical is at The Mayflower Theatre until 16th April.

Tickets available www.mayflower.org.uk

Words: Gloria Burley