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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Must see
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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.... Read 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. "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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Reviews (3304)

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72
Avg Score

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

65
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

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

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

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
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

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

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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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USA Today

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

60
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

70
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

100
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

80
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

85
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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90
Avg Score

92
Delightful, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Carole King, the 1960s or a beautiful story. I was skeptical as a millennial, but it didn't take long for me to be swept away.

Don't see it if you can't just sit back and be thoroughly entertained.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if an enjoyable show. I was quite surprised that it wasn't a fluff piece.

Don't see it if jukebox shows aren't your thing.

94
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

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

91
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Exuberant

See it if you love Carole King's music, beautifully staged musicals, great ensemble casts, individuals overcoming adversity, & terrific orchestrations

Don't see it if you love only grand opera. Otherwise there is no reason not to see this terrific hit.

Also The current lead, Chilina Kennedy, is a real show-stopping talent. Exp... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Carole King's music. Entertaining but don't expect more insight into her musical career - just her big hits.

Don't see it if you expect good writing; this show had much more potential into her life and music.

60
Overrated, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you are a huge Carole King fan

Don't see it if you expect deeper insights into the characters, it felt mostly like an excuse to have them write and perform the next song.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Fun, Great music, Enjoyable

See it if You love Carole King's music. As far as jukebox musicals go, it's rivaled only by Jersey Boys. Totally engaging, super music.

Don't see it if You hate jukebox musicals. While at the high end of the genre, it's not exactly revolutionary. But it does what it does very well.

85
Jukebox musical with backstory

See it if you enjoy King, Goffin, Mann, & Weil's music from the '60s on. Their story is interesting. Songs generally don't feel crammed-in.

Don't see it if I would have liked even more story as some parts of King's life are glossed over.

85
Interesting, Entertaining, Historical, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like Carole King music (own her records, have seen her in concert). You enjoy learning new information about real people / situations.

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals, or music of the era that is represented. You don't want to hear about the struggles of now-famous people.

80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you like stories of women making it in the world, or if you have an interest in the life of Carole King.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical that's more flashy.

75
Delightful, Great acting, Indulgent, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love the music of Carole king. Or if you just want a well acted entertaining good time.

Don't see it if You do not like the music of Carole king. or if you want a show with more depth.

91
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Carole King's music.

Don't see it if If you prefer rap music.

85
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like/love Carole King music, you want a fun show

Don't see it if You dislike Carole King, you want a big production type of show

26
Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if If you like Carole King and just want a fun night rather than a good quality show.

Don't see it if If you want a well written show.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if a terrific show loved it

Don't see it if you do not feel well

94
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if like carol kings music and one of the best juke box musicals. great music from the 60 & 70's

Don't see it if dont like big musicals with lots of singing and dancing. hard not to like.

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like the Carole King songbook; surprisingly good for a jukebox musical; highly entertaining

Don't see it if you don't like biographical stories, or music that was popular in the 50s, 60's and 70s.

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Biographical

See it if You are a fan or Carole King or never even heard of her. Just see it!

Don't see it if You are just looking to take small children to a big splashy musical.

91
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love true stories about a classic American composer/entertainer. Love good music and overall great musicals.

Don't see it if You hate Carole King for some reason.

Also A great show for anyone, don't have to be a Carole King fan (but how c... Read more Read less

73
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like carole king. Great acting.

Don't see it if You want something exciting. Story is very slow, but tries to be more interesting than it actually is.

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You want an amazing show that you can sing along to.

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

85
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a truly exciting bio musical about the 60's great songwriters that is beautifully performed and keeps you truly interested

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musical biographies.

85
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of Carole King!! This is a great production depicting her life. Jessie Mueller is a star.

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

90
Funny, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Love Carol King

Don't see it if You d not like icons

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love the music of Carol King and the groups she wrote for in the late 60s & 70s. This story highlights her talent; brings back memories.

Don't see it if You don't like Carol King's music and musicals in general. If you're looking for a glitzy, broadway show, this is not it.