During a time when most women in the music business were only known to write lyrics and melodies, Carole King made a breakthrough as a writer AND composer. The gratitude that I feel for having the opportunity to catch the Broadway show Beautiful is immense. Not only was the story line inspiring to me as a female musician but receiving the opportunity to visit the stage behind the scenes has motivated me to take my music and art to further heights. Before I continue, I must thank the people that made my attendance and tour possible. Thank you, Nelson Vaughn for offering our mutual friend comp tickets to the show and for graciously showing me around the Sondheim Theater. Thank you Lindsey Wilson for inviting me as your guest and introducing me to Nelson after I expressed interest in perhaps becoming a stagehand/prop like him. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a Broadway production, be sure to make it happen when you come to New York. It is a magical experience. It is stunning how so many people and design elements work together with such fluidity.
I come from a family history of entertainers. This depiction of Carole King’s life story related to my passions and my ancestry. I loved the diverse representation within the cast. I loved that with each step of progress and metamorphosis Carole had, I saw a new possibility for myself and other dames like me. I thought of my friend Jessie Nelson who is an orchestra pit percussionist on the rise and I pictured her there amongst the majority male musicians. We are still breaking through the barriers of the “boys club” in many areas.
Watch this to get a peek at Beautiful: