Ends Oct 27 | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (NYC)

From 5,517 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."


Member Reviews (5517)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Must see
90
Avg Score

90
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).

85
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

83
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.

86
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

98
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.

88
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.

85
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.

79
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!)

87
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

96
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.

74
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

84
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.

88
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.

94
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

90
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.

85
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.

100
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.

94
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.

90
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

90
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".

94
Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Delightful

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 What’s not to like, who doesn’t like Carole King's music?

Also Watch the spinet piano. It starts out in Brooklyn, moves to Kirshner’s... Read more Read less

79
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

79
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

85
Great staging, Sweet, Formulaic fun, Nostalgic

See it if you love music from the 60s and 70s and enjoy a family friendly juke-box musical. Terrific performance by Chilina Kennedy.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything edgy, or to remember any of the songs from the show other than those written by King and Goffin back in the day.

83
Delightful

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


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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