Harwood dazzled from her opening of So Far Away to her emotionally electric version of the signature song, Beautiful.
Harwood has to take King from age 16 to 32, which she does with as much credibility as ease. She brings a youthful naivete to the young King that explains why she was oblivious to Goffin’s mood swings and philandering and why she would forgive him so many times.
In the second half of the show, Harwood’s King is more introspective and guarded and vocally she goes from effervescent to melancholy, especially with You’ve Got a Friend, but she shows us King’s personal and professional triumph with her cover of You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.
I count myself lucky to have seen Kaylee Harwood (one of the show’s swings) go on as the leading role of Carole King. She reminded me of a 90s era Sherri Rene Scott with her powerful voice, quick wit and charming personality. I was completely drawn in when she stepped out on stage with her high ponytail and hopeful smile. Through the character’s emotional journey, I never once strayed from watching Kaylee’s facial expressions, completely enthralled.