Songs that are considered some of the biggest hits in pop music history star in "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical."
Chicago theatergoers are lucky that the show has returned to Chicago, where it was first performed in 2015. It plays at Cadillac Palace Theatre through Jan. 28.
"Beautiful" tells the story of the life and career of Carole King, who grew up in Brooklyn, and became one of the most beloved contemporary singer/songwriters. The production traces King's story from her beginnings as a teen songwriter to joining forces with husband Gerry Goffin in writing some of the pop anthems of the 1960s. It progresses to her evolution as a singer/songwriter in her own right. Audience members also will see the behind-the-scenes relationship of King and Goffin and their relationship with fellow songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann throughout the show.
Portraying the legendary King this time around is Sarah Bockel. The actress delivers the iconic King songs with passion and power. The show features one big musical gem after another. Music fans will surely want to sing along.
Among songs starring in "Beautiful" are "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "So Far Away," "Up on the Roof," "The Locomotion," "One Fine Day," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "On Broadway," and many more.
Bockel's vocals particularly shine on "It's Too Late" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
The "Beautiful" cast also stars Andrew Brewer as Gerry Goffin; Sarah Goeke as Cynthia Weil; Jacob Heimer as Barry Mann; and James Clow as Don Kirshner, among others.
FYI: "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" continues through Jan. 28 at The Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. For ticket information and more, visit BroadwayInChicago.com.