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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Great acting
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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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Reviews (3868)

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73
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

60
Talkin' Broadway

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

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

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

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

95
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

60
USA Today

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

80
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

70
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

75
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

90
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

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

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.

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

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for the best kind of fluff. Great tunes, great dancing, great singing, and a fairly engaging story. Great for all ages!

Don't see it if you are looking for something new. Old tunes of a different age and very classic storytelling methods. Like I said above, definite fluff.

Also Of all the shows that could be compared to this on Broadway, this show... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan Carole King

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Carole King

74
Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy juke box musicals and Carole King music.

Don't see it if you are expecting surprises and need something more than a biography.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, 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!

77
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You like jukebox musicals. Easily one of the better ones around.

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

90
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you are a Carol King fan see it. And if you're not one, you could become one by seeing BEAUTIFUL!!!

Don't see it if If you don't like Juke Box musicals

85
Funny, Beautiful, Entertaining

See it if you love Carole King and want to hear her music and the music of her era

Don't see it if you want a story that's more thought-provoking or intense

85
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love all things Carole King. This show does her music so must justice!

Don't see it if you don't care about the life or music of Carole King. You will be highly disappointed.

Also As someone who grew up in a household that always had music going, and... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Light, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of Carole King's music and you don't mind jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like Carole King's music and you're looking for something deep and dramatic.

85
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Carol King

Don't see it if you don't love Carol King

70
Delightful, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if Even if you don't know the music, you're sure to have fun and leave the theatre singing and/or dancing.

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking show. This is a delightful evening at the theatre, you might not leave a changed person though.

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love carole Kings music.it will take you back to your youth.

Don't see it if relate to rock and roll and pop music.

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.

92
Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love all of Carole King's earlier work, and want to learn about how she became the star she is today. Wonderful and fun staging!

Don't see it if you dont enjoy Carole King's music as most of the songs are her great work

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.

64
Refreshing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like Carole Kings music.

Don't see it if You don't know who Carole King is

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

70
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like Carol King's music, enjoy jukebox musicals, like nostalgia and time period shows.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, Carol King's music, time period shows, all the songs sung in their entirety and not including a medley.

Also Honestly this show is, in my opinion, highly overrated. I found it ins... 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.