She became one of the most successful artists in pop music history with classic hits such as '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', 'I Feel The Earth Move' and 'You've Got a Friend'. And now, the extraordinary story of Carole King has been immortalised into jukebox musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Following successful runs in the US and UK, the critically acclaimed production based on King's life has made its way to Australia. The local run, produced by Michael Cassel, is now playing at QPAC until September 2 — after received a "cavalcade of glowing reviews" during its Sydney run earlier in the year.
Beautiful begins with King's early years as a teenage songwriter. It covers her time writing with husband Gerry Goffin for the likes of Aretha Franklin and The Drifters, and their playful rivalry with friends and writing partners, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The show then charts her personal success as a solo artist in the 1970s, cementing her iconic status on a global scale.