Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King was a well-curated homage to Carol King at the Playhouse Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne. Vika Bull and Debra Byrne gave an intimate and personable performance covering covered not just the well-known hits such as ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ and ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, but also shared vignettes of Carol King’s life. It was also an introduction to songs that many would not have known Carol King wrote, such as ‘The Loco-Motion’ and ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, made famous by The Shirelles.
For me one of the true highlights was the incredible band. The show was directed by Monique diMattina who is a truly a consummate performer. While diMattina harmonised and provide piano accompaniment for the leading ladies and never drew attention from the singers, I was entranced by her nonetheless. DiMattina played the piano in a way I could only fantasise being able to play, and the way she led the ensemble was skillful and captivating to watch. The arrangements were impeccable and the band’s performance was cohesive, smooth, and really tight.
The leading ladies took to the stage in outfits that featured Camilla Frank kaftans and tops and I wanted to make off with Debra Byrne’s knee-high tasselled boots. The night ended with a medley and everyone on their feet and dancing. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Voice and Performance coach and founder of Find Your Voice, Emmanuella Grace believes that with the right teacher anyone can learn to sing better.
‘Tapestry’ was performed on the 5 and 6th of August 2016 at The Playhouse Theatre. The venue is accessible.