Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (NYC)

From 5,742 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

About the show

The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Carole King musical tells the inspiring true story of one woman's remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. More…

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. Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including "You've Got a Friend," "One Fine Day," "Up on the Roof," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," and "Natural Woman."

2h 30m | Already closed | Stephen Sondheim Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (5742)


Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Must see
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Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like Carole King songs. This play is greatly enhanced by Doug McGrath's funny, insightful script.

Don't see it if you don't like Carole King's music (you'll hear a lot of it during the evening).

Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Great music

See it if this show is for everyone. Great story, great acting, great music.

Don't see it if you don't like Carole King's music

Delightful, Entertaining, Sweet, Great music, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Carole King or even not a fan. It's a crowd pleaser that most people can enjoy, especially if you grew up with her music.

Don't see it if You dislike Carole King and the time period it takes place.

Great singing, Entertaining, Surprisingly emotional, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You’re in the mood for a jukebox musical that’s got some heart and soul to it. This is one of the best I’ve seen, good book, lots of energy.

Don't see it if You’re a millennial with no idea who Carol King is, don’t know, don’t like or don’t care about music from before your time. You’ll be bored.

Also While it’s far from necessary, in my opinion the way this show is stag... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you like a major artist once upon a time. Really brings you inside tin can alley and also presents her life well.

Don't see it if don't like musicals or biographies of people.

Must see, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want a good story that goes one step beyond jukebox musical.

Don't see it if your heartbeat has flat-lined.

Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well-conceived jukebox musical. And, of course, if you love the music of the 50s/60s Brill Building and the 70s Tapestry.

Don't see it if you are looking for something more challenging and intellectual. (Or if you don't like Carole King's music... if such a person exists!)

Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy her early music and the real story behind much of it performed by an enthusiastic cast with strong singing and choreography.

Don't see it if musicals and biographical themes are not your thing. While having some down moments, this is an uplifting show if you grew up w/ this music.

Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you are a Carol King fan, interested in the songwriting traditions of the Brill Building, interested in rock history, like human stories

Don't see it if you don't have a romantic bone in your body, not a Carol King fan, hate biomusicals

Refreshing, Ambitious, Romantic, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you love Carol King's music. Lots of singing and dancing. Great 50's clothes. Feminist sensibility.

Don't see it if you don't like Carol King's music or romance with a feminist point of view.

Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if Apt casting captures the pluck and spirit of the indelible songwriter as the jukebox soundtrack of our lives plays its tunes.Delightful book

Don't see it if As with all jukebox musicals, the good time-feelings don't allow to linger on the difficult,like breaking the boys' club or the Goffin split

Oodles of nostalgia and good vibes in this juke box musical, but not much more

See it if you want 2 hear King's iconic hits (So Far Away, You've Got a Friend, Natural Woman) very well-sung by Chilina Kennedy/lead; OD on nostalgia

Don't see it if bio of King lacks depth, vitality or wit, takes few artistic chances; felt we were seeing the 3rd best cast

Great acting, Fun, Refreshing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see a jukebox musical done right.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the music of Carole King or Weil and Mann.

Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Heartfelt, Inspiring

See it if You love Carole King music. You want an inspiring story. You want to be entertained & moved in equal measure. You want great singing.

Don't see it if You don't like Carole King music. You want original music.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Great music, Delightful

See it if You like music, alot of good/great songs were written by her. Story put together great.

Don't see it if You did not like Carol King voice.

Crowd-pleaser, Formulaic, Entertaining, Overrated, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of Carole King's music; behind-the-scenes stories about real celebrities; or "touristy," formulaic shows.

Don't see it if you don't like King's music or are looking for something with real depth. It takes nearly a full act before any conflict appears.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Delightful

See it if I loved it! A wonderful musical filled with familiar songs. All the actors were fantastic. The actress playing Carole was incredible.

Don't see it if See it! It took me years to finally see this show. Only did so because a friend was visiting from out of town. It was terrific.

Also A lovely show. Great singing! Even the two understudies I saw (in the ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You love Carole King music.

Don't see it if You're not interested in jukebox bio musicals.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you like a story about a woman who takes control of her life.Great use of popular songs from the past. Wonderful orchestrations and staging

Don't see it if you do not like Carole King or musicals.

Also This show is probably more relevant now than when it opened. A truly e... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great songs, Formulaic, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy Carol King songs/lyrics; interested in learning about her life as well as a little insight into the music industry of days gone by

Don't see it if play is entertaining but still a jukebox musical w/little depth; 2nd act starts to drag; singers are painfully over miked & over amplified.

Also On several occasions when the singing got loud and piercing, a group o... Read more Read less


See it if You want to see a show that tells the story of Carole King.

Don't see it if You are expecting a straight up musical. This is more of a play with music

Also This is the best musical I’ve ever seen. I have not seen many but I re... Read more Read less

Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love Carole King and her music. It is a brilliant depiction of her tim s and her career !

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals.

Overrated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love Carole King no matter what.

Don't see it if You like the music of your youth to be performed like you remember it...not like elevator music!

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Cliched, Crowdpleaser

See it if you are a fan of Carole King's music and if you enjoy shows that don't demand much from the audience.

Don't see it if you don't like Carole King or jukebox musicals with perfunctory material between songs.

Also For a show that has been running five years, it was in very good shape... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Carol King music, an interesting biographical script, and great dancing and singing.

Don't see it if you are a big fan of hard rock and/or rap music, and hate the "classics".

January 12th, 2014
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” should probably be titled “Brooklyn Girl.” This renaming would allow theatergoers to know exactly what to expect of the friendly, formulaic bio-musical."
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January 12th, 2014
"Perhaps such material can’t be well directed, but we will never know. What I can say is that Marc Bruni certainly hasn’t improved it. The show is full of clunky transitions, dead space, scenes that peter out until someone mercifully snaps off the lights."
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January 12th, 2014
"McGrath, director Marc Bruni and the appealing performers don’t exactly break that mold by going for complexity. But while keeping things light and breezy, they have populated Beautiful with well-defined characters with relatable human foibles."
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January 16th, 2014
"Watching Beautiful, the new jukebox musical celebrating the remarkable life and work of Carole King, you may not feel the earth move under your feet. But the new Broadway show emerges as a slick and joyous celebration of female empowerment."
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