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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

By Kirsty Brown

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EVEN if you think that you don't know any of Carole King's songs, the truth is that you definitely do and that's what makes this week's offering at Aberdeen so special.

His Majesty's Theatre is this week home to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which tracks her story from an ordinary teenager to an extraordinarily talented musician.

The soundtrack features a range of hits all of which were composed by Carole and written by her husband Gerry Goffin.

The show doesn't just track her professional career as it also gives the audience an insight into her tumultous personal life – from settling young to coping with family to personal development, it's safe to say that for such a gentle soul she led a pretty dramatic life.

Beautiful is a fabulous, uncomplicated production filled with feel good moments as well as some truly emotional occurrences as the audience joins Carole on the rollercoaster of her teens and twenties.

The role of Carole is played by Hollyoaks' Daisy Wood-Davis, with her partner Gerry played by Adam Gillian – both actors seemed to fit the shoes perfectly, and all characters appearing to be suitably cast.

The show boasts a surprisingly large cast when compared to many of the productions that head to Aberdeen, with a large ensemble taking on the roles of various artists and bands from the era.

Simple but sufficient costumes, props, staging and set design ensure that the audience can focus on the story and the sheer amount of musical talent being shared on the stage.

Beautiful is in Aberdeen until Saturday, February 1, and for more information and tickets you can visit: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com.

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