After posting a staycation article about the new musical at the San Diego Civic Center based on Carole Kings life, we decided to try and see it for ourselves.
It was a last minute purchase and last minute gets you seats way up in the balcony. I am talking way up! The guy next to me was surprised that it went up that
high and frankly I was too. It was about three rows short of getting a nose bleed.
We didn’t mind as the production wasn’t extremely elaborate as far as stage design. It was nothing like a Lion King or a production like that where you would want to be up close to see the amazing props.
Although the stage design was clever, it was something you could see from where we were sitting. Besides, they tell me the lower seats were in the hundreds of dollars.
We didn’t think $66.00 was cheap but we now know at least in this case, they were “El Cheapos.”
The production of “Beautiful” takes you mostly through the early days of Carole Kings career and how she met her first husband Gerry Goffen. That marriage was significant because he was the lyrics to her wonderful music. The song writing team wrote many hits for various artists including:
- Will You Love Me Tomorrow
- Take Good Care Of My Baby
- The Loco Motion
- Up On The Roof
- One Fine Day
- I’m Into Something Good
- Goin’ Back
From her early days with producer Don Kirshner,she wrote music that was sold to any artist that Kirshner thought the song would fit. Gerry Goffen provided the amazing lyrics. There she met another songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who produced many hits themselves such as, “On Broadway” and “ You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling.”