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Carole King musical ‘Beautiful’ about to make the Earth move for Columbia

Sarah Bockel stars as Carole King and Dylan S. Wallach plays Gerry Goffin, King’s husband, in the traveling production of “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” that will perform seven shows at the Koger Center this month.
Sarah Bockel stars as Carole King and Dylan S. Wallach plays Gerry Goffin, King’s husband, in the traveling production of “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” that will perform seven shows at the Koger Center this month. Submitted

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” is about to make the Earth move for Columbia audiences.

The show is the true story of King’s rise to musical stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Of course the play includes much of King’s “beautiful” music, such as “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “You’ve Got A Friend”.

Dylan S. Wallach plays King’s husband, Gerry Goffin, in the traveling production that will perform seven shows April 2-7 at the Koger Center for the Arts. He shares some thoughts about the musical and his role in it.

Q. Do you think some audience members may be surprised at some of the songs Carole King wrote, and the impact she had on the music world?

A. Absolutely. I know that I was the first time I saw the show. Before I started rehearsals for “Beautiful,” I would go and watch the show a few times a week on Broadway, and being in the audience, it was so clear with each new song that was introduced, how surprised and amazed the audience was by how many songs Carole and Gerry, and Barry and Cynthia created.

Q. What do you enjoy about your role?

A. I love that I continue to find new things about Gerry every week. He was a brilliant and incredibly complicated man, and his struggle with mental illness is heartbreaking, and a great honor and challenge to try to portray.

Q. Why will audience members enjoy the show?

A. You can’t beat the music. The characters are very well developed, and the dialogue is so amazingly written. But then you also get big show-stopping Broadway numbers performed by The Drifters, The Shirelles and the Righteous Brothers.

If you go

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

When: April 2-7

Times: 7:30 p.m. April 2-6; 2 p.m. April 6-7

Where: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St.

Tickets: $45-70, www.kogercenterforthearts.com

Notable: “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” is recommended for ages 10 and up. There is no foul language, but there is talk about the use of drugs. Please be advised that children under the age of four will not be permitted into the theater and every person who enters the theater will require their own ticket.

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