Beautiful – the Carole King Musical is on at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 28th November through to 2nd December. The Mumble managed to catch a wee blether with rising star Bronté Barbé
Is it exciting to be a part of Beautiful’s first ever UK and Ireland tour?
Extremely exciting! This show is so wonderful, I’m having the best time!
Would you say this is the biggest role that you’ve had in your career so far?
Yes, absolutely. Fiona seemed big at the time, but there is so much to this part. Playing someone who is a real person has unique challenges.
Many people might be familiar with countless classics that King wrote, but not necessarily her story. What would you say makes it so special?
It is so real and full of heart. I think so many people can relate to her story and will be surprised by her journey.
Had you been familiar with her and her work before landing this leading part?
I have had the album Tapestry on vinyl for quite a few years, but I didn’t realise quite how many huge hits she had written.
What did you do to prepare for taking on such an iconic role?
A lot of research. Her work is really brilliant, it gave me a great insight into how she might really be – lots of YouTube watching too!
Have you had the opportunity to meet Carole King herself?
No, I would absolutely jump at the chance to, however, I’d be a nervous wreck!
The show charts King’s years from schoolgirl to wife and mother, over a period of about 13 years. What is it like to portray the same character at key moments in their life?
A challenge! It seems like everything happens in such a short space of time. The costumes and wig changes definitely help.
What do you enjoy most about this role and what has been the biggest challenge for you?
I enjoy singing the songs everything night! Probably pacing myself is a challenge. I get so excited at the start of the show, I have to remember to save some energy!
Do you have a favourite scene?
Yes! You’ve Got A Friend – I love it!
Kane Oliver Parry plays opposite you as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin. What’s it like to work together and portray such a hit song writing team?
It’s a lot of fun! We trained together at Mountview and have been friends for years. It’s awesome to play opposite him.
You last performed in the Scottish capital when you were touring with Shred, what are you looking forward to most about returning to Edinburgh?
Everything! Edinburgh is one of my absolute favourite places to visit. I love the Grassmarket, the views of Arthurs Seat and the food!
What do you think audiences will take away from Beautiful?
I hope they leave in the best mood! The ending is a lot of fun, we hope to have them all on their feet singing along!
28 November 2017 – 02 December 2017 : EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
12 December 2017 – 06 January 2018 : MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE
09 January 2018 – 20 January 2018 : DUBLIN BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
23 January 2018 – 27 January 2018 : ABERDEEN HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE
31 January 2018 – 03 February 2018 : BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
06 February 2018 – 10 February 2018 : SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE
13 February 2018 – 17 February 2018 : GLASGOW KINGS THEATRE
20 February 2018 – 24 February 2018 : MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
27 February 2018 – 03 March 2018 : WOKING NEW VICTORIA THEATRE
06 March 2018 – 10 March 2018 : SUNDERLAND EMPIRE THEATRE
27 March 2018 – 31 March 2018 : MARLOWE THEATRE CANTERBURY
03 April 2018 – 07 April 2018 : BRISTOL HIPPODROME
17 April 2018 – 21 April 2018 : IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE
24 April 2018 – 28 April 2018 : REGENT THEATRE STOKE ON TRENT
01 May 2018 – 05 May 2018 : LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE
08 May 2018 – 12 May 2018 : NEW THEATRE OXFORD
22 May 2018 – 26 May 2018 : NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
29 May 2018 – 02 June 2018 : LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
05 June 2018 – 09 June 2018 : DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE
12 June 2018 – 16 June 2018 : WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
19 June 2018 – 23 June 2018 : BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS