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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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A new Tony Award winning musical based on Carole King's inspiring story, tracking her rise to stardom and featuring many of her award-winning songs.

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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, becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

 
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70
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

75
Theatermania

"Director Marc Bruni has taken the gift of a smart and economical script and run with it. Amid lightning-quick transitions, this show only decelerates when it wants to. Split-second costume changes (designer Alejo Vietti must be a witch) add to the magic and fun of the evening." Full Review

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Variety

"The early life and career of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King surely deserves more imaginative treatment than the corny chronological storytelling and old-fashioned musical format of “Beautiful.” But all is forgiven, whenever Jessie Mueller, in the modest person of Carole King, sits down at the piano and pours heart and soul into familiar favorites from the composer’s songbook." Full Review

40
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

75
New York Theater

“Beautiful,” is beautifully performed and tuneful new entertainment.The story serves as an efficient delivery system for Carole King’s surprisingly diverse hits – not much more, nothing less." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

70
The Huffington Post

"Before we get to what's wrong with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, let's establish what's so right that it instantly joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners. In other words, it should have a long and healthy run, if, the producers can either convince Jessie Mueller to remain in the title role forever or if they can find replacements as enormously talented as she is." Full Review

60
Talkin' Broadway

"Though Beautiful is ultra-slick and impeccably executed for what it is, electrifying it is not." Full Review

70
New York Daily News

"King made magic with her catalogue and it is an unqualified treat to hear her best-known hits performed live...Too bad a great musical isn’t only about the music. The book is crucial, too — and this show’s connect-the-dots story line is so simplistic that the extravagantly talented King’s life emerges as a mundane version of the long-suffering little woman." Full Review

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CitiTour

"'Beautiful' takes the early life story – and music – of the legendary singer-songwriter Carole King to create one of the most entertaining Broadway shows in years. All of the necessary elements have come together here, from a surprisingly smart and witty book by Douglas McGrath, smooth direction by Marc Bruni, and the work of a consistently top-notch cast. As a result, audiences leave with a song on their lips, a smile on their face, and even a tingle in their heart." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"'Beautiful' places more focus on the music than the story and plot, making it not so much a tribute to Carole King’s life as it is a tribute to her large body of work...King’s relationship with Gerry is glossed over and we learn little about what their life is like. This leads to the end of their relationship feeling less dramatic and climactic than it could have been...Anyone who was not a fan of King’s songs before the show will most likely be one by curtain call." Full Review

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USA Today

"Mueller's portrayal of King — far and away the best reason to see Beautiful." Full Review

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Broadway Blog

"Director Marc Bruni and the design team keep things moving at a brisk pace. The show is tightly directed and seamlessly flows from the songwriters to the pop artists that shared their work with the world. The hard-working ensemble takes on these musical icons, and while they look and sound incredibly polished, there is a decidedly “Broadway” sound to their vocal delivery." Full Review

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StageZine

"'Beautiful' lacks the biographical wallop and dramatic intensity of such jukebox musicals as 'Jersey Boys' and the gleeful fun of 'Mamma Mia'... The presentation and performances of these venerable songs is hollow and spotty, like watching a highbrow version of TV’s 'Solid Gold'…Regardless, 'Beautiful' has a guilty-pleasure sense of fun and nostalgia and a few hearty performances, making us overlook the show’s many shortcomings." Full Review

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Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

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Stu on Broadway

"An entertaining blend of charm, nostalgia, and showmanship. The show’s overall feel and musicality will resonate greatly with a generation of baby boomers...While the book provides a cohesive plot and allows for a firmly developed point-counterpoint between the songwriting teams, the overall results for 'Beautiful' are problematic." Full Review

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Perez Hilton

"Beautiful lives up to its name and then some! The new musical based on the life of and featuring the music of legendary songwriter Carole King is a non-stop hit parade and the perfect example of a jukebox musical done right!" Full Review

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Frequent Business Traveler

"It’s more of a living jukebox filled with Carole King’s works, with minimal context and a cringe-worthy Jewish mother added...The audience is there for the great music and choreography, and the cast does not disappoint...Unfortunately, some of the references will only make sense to AARP card-toting audience members...It’s practically a given that everyone will leave the show humming something from the Carole King catalog." Full Review

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NYC Theatre Addict

“Abby’s opening moment at the piano did lack the spark and charisma of Jessie–but once the actual story began, Abby pulled way ahead with her acting chops. She acted her way through each and every moment. I knew I was going to love the music, but this time I really connected with the character and her struggle. This show is so much more than just a jukebox collection of great songs. There is a wonderful story full of wit and pathos.” Full Review

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Newsday

"Jessie Mueller strikes a delicate balance between spunk and humility, making it impossible not to root for her as she morphs into an inspired Carole King." Full Review

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Avg Score

44
Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You're looking for a Vegas type show with absolutely no point except to mildly entertain...

Don't see it if You're looking for interesting theatre...

70
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are a huge fan of Carole King's music or want an enjoyable evening of theater that isn't thought provoking

Don't see it if you want something more substantial

Also While it was interesting to hear more about Carole King's life, I felt... Read more Read less

67
Overrated, Slow

See it if you love Carol King music.

Don't see it if all Caro King music so if you don't like her songs, don'y see this piece.

90
Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love Carole King or simply love great music.

Don't see it if if you do not like Juke Box Musicals.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You like jukebox musicals done the right way, with a compelling story that binds the hit music together.

Don't see it if See it. Fun going in not knowing much and having lots of, "Wow, she wrote that song too" moments.

98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a jukebox musical done right. It's amazing just how near perfect this show is. It blew me away.

Don't see it if You have no soul.

90
Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Carole King or if you just want an enjoyable evening of theater. Fun for all ages, probably not for kids.

Don't see it if you are looking for a family-friendly show like Lion King. Even if you don't like Carole King, still amazing.

Also took my boyfriend to see this for his first Broadway show. He laughed,... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Ms. King's music.

Don't see it if if you hate "juke box" musicals.

81
Joyful, Delightful, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a Broadway spectacle. Fantastic songs and powerful voices tell a sweet and simple story of passion and perseverance

Don't see it if don't enjoy finger-snapping foot-tapping music from the '60s and '70s.

95
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Carole King's music or just want to see an uplifting, colorful story that will leave you smiling.

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

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the music of Carole King!

Don't see it if You do not enjoy Carole King's style of music.

98
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You appreciate the genius of Carole King or just want to see an intelligent musical

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

Also One of the best musicals I've seen this year. It was phenomenal!

80
Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are a Carole King fan or interested in the song writing process.

Don't see it if Jukebox musicals are not your cup of tea or you don't like songs by Carole King.

Also The staging of this show really impressed me more so then is usually t... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Carole King's music.

Don't see it if if you're not a fan of Carol King, or jukebox musicals.

80
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if if you a carol fan and want to learn how she started. interested in hearing music she wrote

Don't see it if if you are not interested in her

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Carol King music.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals

90
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see Abby follow in her sister Jessie's footsteps and give a great portrayal of Carole King.

Don't see it if You don't like King's music.

66
Intelligent, Cliched, Great singing

See it if You love Carol King (and who doesn't?) or you want to see how the music industry works.

Don't see it if you can't stand tourists everywhere singing and talking.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Carole King or motown, women's stories, jukebox musicals (though this is better because it has a fascinating story), great voices.

Don't see it if you dislike the music of the era, you want a deeply developed story. That said, if you're on the fence, it's definitely a fun matinee show!

85
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Carole King's music or even just want a good story.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Carole King or her music

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Carole King music and want to see a crowd-pleaser.

Don't see it if you don't like Carole King music or stories about the music industry.

95
Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Period

See it if you love Carole King, music of that era, jukebox musicals, Jessie Mueller (or her sister Abby), you want to smile

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, or the music of the era, or don't care for how/why music gets written and made

92
Delightful, Engaging, informative, great songs

See it if you love great music that brings you back to your youth and a wonderful story.

Don't see it if you don't like stories about strong, talented women.

75
Cliched, Good music, Fluffy

See it if you have a thing for carole king & 60s pop music, & you're curious how her career started.

Don't see it if you're not into 60s music & not overly interested in king's personal story.

93
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love good music & learning about the history of music. You'll know all the songs, but you may not have known Carole King was behind them

Don't see it if You're not into music from the 60s and 70s. You're not into feel-good musicals.