WHAT: "Tapestry: The Music of Carole King"
WHERE: Summerfare Musical Theatre Company, Daemen College, 4380 Main St.
WHEN: Jan. 6 -- Feb. 6. Special "pay what you can" performances this Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The regular performance schedule will be Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
TICKETS: $21, Seniors $18 (except Friday and Saturday nights)
Carole King's "Tapestry" probably belongs in any Millennial time capsule worth its salt. With songs like "I Feel the Earth Move," "Natural Woman" and "You've Got A Friend," the 1971 album that became the best-selling female solo album ever defined the singer-songwriter and a whole era. While King seemed like an overnight sensation with "Tapestry," she and her former writing partner, Gerry Goffin, had actually written dozens of what were called "Uptown R&B" hits for others during the 1960s. Among the twosome's earliest classic hits were "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" by the Shirelles in 1961, and "Up On the Roof" in 1962 for the Drifters.
Earlier this month, King was back in the news, placing tenth in VH1's list of the 100 top females of popular music. And now, in a Western New York premiere, Summerfare Musical Theatre Company offers a month-long celebration of King and her music with "Tapestry: The Music of Carole King." The production -- which won't limit itself to the wonderful tunes from that album -- will feature six performers and a three-piece band. It takes place on -- where else? -- a rooftop.
-- Mark Sommer