Episode #262: Sara Sheperd & James D. Gish – Playing the Roles of Carole King and Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Fresh is the Word Podcast Episode #262: Sara Sheperd & James D. Gish - Playing the Roles of Carole King and Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalFour Friends. (l to r) Sara Sheperd, Sara King, Ryan Farnsworth and James D. Gish. Credit Joan Marcus

Since its launch in November 2015, Fresh is the Word has been a documentation of for sorts for music/pop culture journalist Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier, as they journey through their love of music and pop culture, as well as using this platform to share they growth on topics important to women, people of color and the LGBTQ community through the artistic lens of pop culture. As an ever evolving podcast, K-Fresh is going back to his roots focusing more on the music artists they are passionate about from the past and present. From the classic hip-hop artists they grew up on, to the new faces of dance, and from the metal bands they’ve long appreciated to the indie pop artist stealing their heart, Fresh is the Word aims to tell the stories of those who need their contributions to music known, while also exposing their audience to the next artists to watch out for (sometimes before they blow up!).

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The guests for this episode are Sara Sheperd and James D. Gish, who play the roles of Carole King and Gerry Goffin respectively in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Carole King has long been one of the most prolific songwriters for decades. Beautiful is the story of her rise to a legendary status in the history music, detailing her songwriting partnership with her husband Gerry Goffin along with their relationship with fellow songwriting team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. It’s the story of true determination, where the good and bad times of her life helped shape the person she would become.

During our conversation, we talked about being back on stage after the pandemic lockdowns, how things have changed in regards to workers rights, how they prepared for their roles, the accessibility of Beautiful to your casual audience member, and much more.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will hit the Fisher Theatre in Detroit for a limited run from January 4-9, 2022. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit broadwayindetroit.com or beautifulonbroadway.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: All Guests attending these performances must show proof of a Negative Covid Test (taken within 72 hours of your performance) OR proof of Full Vaccination (at least 14 days after your second dose) with a government issued ID prior to admittance to the theatre. Additionally – all guests must wear face coverings while in the theatre unless actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.

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Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier
Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier has been an online advocate for Detroit hip-hop, electronic, and rock music for over a decade now. As a tastemaker in the Detroit scene, he writes about the city's music and culture through various forms of social media along with publications both here in Detroit and internationally. Outside of writing, he is a well-respected DJ within the city who has played numerous gigs in many of Detroit's most legendary venues