There is no denying that legendary singer/songwriter Carole King has penned some of the most iconic songs of our time. From Natural Woman and Locomotion to Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, there’s a reason the four-time Grammy Award winner is just as relevant as she was in 1971, when her album Tapestry topped the charts for 15 consecutive weeks.
With such a large catalogue of music and an eventful life, her story translates to the stage in the most organic way. Carole King – The Songbook of Her Life integrates both her experiences and her music, featuring three extremely talented women: Michelle Brasier, Jessica Papst and Erin Herrmann Young. One of the special things about this show is that it appeals to more than just Carole King fans. Anyone who loves good music will definitely have a wonderful night at the theatre.
During the first act, The Goin’ Wild medley expertly set the mood for what was to come and had the audience engaged from the start. Although the book was slightly choppy in parts, the performances by the three women were professional, poised and captivating. Their individual performances were spectacular, but what was even more impressive was the way their voices easily blended when singing together.
The lighting design by Lucy Birkinshaw was simple yet perfectly matched the tone of each number, with the use of block colour and seamless transitions.
Stand out numbers included If It’s Over, performed by Jessica Papst, and The Reason, taken on by Michelle Brasier. Both songs absolutely brought the house down with their heart and magnificent vocals. Brava!
The band provided a wonderful accompaniment to the vocals. The string quartet contributed something extremely special to the performance, providing a fullness and beauty to the sound.
Carole King – The Songbook of Her Life plays this weekend in Queensland.
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