Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, New York City

4.8
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than BEAUTIFUL music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
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  • We went to the 8:00 pm show after a long day of sight-seeing, and I was worried I would sleep through the whole thing. I should not have worried--the show was fantastic from beginning to end with ente...  more »
  • I’ll admit, I went in with low expectations. Why would I want to see a musical about Carole King’s life? But I loved it! So much fun! Upbeat songs; interesting set & staging; great dancing, costumes —...  more »
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  • I grew up with Carole King. I love her music I love her energy. I had no idea how many song she actually wrote until I saw this play. I was so impressed with the cast and the energy that was throughout the whole night. the story and learning about how she became famous was astonishing. I had no idea the troubles that she went through in her marriage and the partnership and amazing songs that they wrote together. I know every word to her tapestry album and now I understand the emotion and circumstance behind the album. I left feeling just amazing and I think anybody from the 70s who knows this music will love every bit of the story and the music from this play! in my opinion this is a must-see.
  • The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is a nice size. The theatre is a totally underground so when you enter from the street you're at the top of the mezzanine (where I was seated) and have to go down to flights of stairs to the orchestra. Leg room is limited in the mezzanine, but the seats are wide enough that you don't feel like sardines. The play was very enjoyable and gives you much insight into the life of Carole King (nee Klein) and her esrly struggles and triumphs. The performances were amazing and the set a d costume changes were entertaining in their own right. Everyone who has ever heard a Carole King song, and that's pretty much everyone who is alive today, would enjoy the show. I forgot how prolific she was in her early years as a songwriter. So many different groups performed her works but songwriters are often forgotten when we think of a song. We always remember the artists who perform a song, not even thinking that someone else may have written it.
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