Singer enjoying starring as the lead in Carole King musical
BEAUTIFUL - The Carole King Musical is being staged for one week only at the Liverpool Empire Theatre from May 1 - 5 and Bronté Barbé has said playing the lead is a “dream role.”
The show tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to 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.
Along the way, King wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics: such as: You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman; Take Good Care of my Baby; You’ve Got a Friend; So Far Away; It Might As Well Rain Until September; Up on the Roof; and Locomotion.
The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling; On Broadway and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
Barbé, who was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC1 television series Over The Rainbow in 2010, said: “This is absolutely a dream role, being able to play Carole King every night and sing her songs. I would also quite like to be in a period drama. I love to play inspiring women and there aren’t that many fully female led shows out there so playing Carole King is wonderful.
“The music is amazing; it’s just the best. I haven’t played a part like this in my career so far. I also love how everyone in the company on tour with us is so nice; it’s a big family feel, which is lovely.”
Barbé portays King through many moments in her life and added: “There’s so much depth to it you know, as she’s a real person. We meet her in the show at age 16 and go up to 29 and it’s been interesting because you want to be bouncy and young at the start but you don’t want to be playing her as a stereotypical teenager. Physically it can be a bit of a challenge as you have to grow and mature in your performance each night, but you have two-hours to do it.”