Wanted: Carole King doppelganger 


ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief

Like a lot of Jewish girls who came of age in the late 1960s and ’70s, I wanted nothing to do with my naturally curly/wavy/frizzy hair, so I ironed it to make it flat or straight. When at age 14, my mother saw what I was up to, she freaked and hid the iron from me.

So I tried the next best thing — pulling all of my hair into a ponytail on top of my head, then rolling it with an empty juice can. That method worked fairly well, until I stepped outside and into the humidity.

When I first heard the music of Carole King, I immediately invested in a copy of her 1971 “Tapestry” album. To this day, “Tapestry” remains among my favorite albums of all times, not only because every — and I do mean every — song on it is superb, but also because of its cover. There’s the Jewish girl from Brooklyn, casually dressed and barefoot in a window seat with a couple of cats, her shoulder-length curly/wavy/frizzy hair, natural and fantastic. Maybe there was hope for mine.

She was an inspiration then and continues to be one now. After the show “Beautiful,” about King’s rise to stardom, made its Broadway debut, I forked out an insane amount to get two premium seats at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. It starred Jessie Mueller who went on to win a Tony Award for her incredible performance as King. I later saw the play again in St. Louis, twice, and hope to see it for a third time when it opens the Muny’s 105th season on June 12.

That’s where you come in, especially if you bear even a slight resemblance to Carole King, or at least if your hair does.

Thanks to the generosity of the Muny, the Jewish Light is giving away a pair of tickets to every Muny show this summer — all seven of them — starting with “Beautiful.” And if that’s not sweet enough, Frank & Helen’s Pizzeria is throwing in dinner for two before each performance.

So what’s the catch you say?

Easy, peasy. Go to stljewishlight.org/carolekingcontest and upload your Carole King lookalike picture by 5 p.m. by May 25th. Relax, we don’t expect you to be a dead ringer. Just upload a picture that captures the singer’s aura, essence, killer hair, whatever. Be creative, have fun. And guys, especially you with curly hair, don’t be bashful — this is a gender not specific contest.

Get busy. It’s not too late baby.