New York | 2h 30m | Open run

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (NYC)

From 23 critic and 5,130 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."



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

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

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

80
Gotham Playgoer

“Pretty much what I expected — a slick jukebox musical/biography of King’s early career...It is in very good shape. Although I had never heard of any of the present leads all were competent if not loaded with charisma...With 27 songs to squeeze in, there is no room in book for much more than connecting the dots...Bruni’s smooth direction keeps things moving...The singers were overamplified almost to the point of aural pain...If you like the music, you will probably have a good time.” 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

80
New York Stage Review

“More than two dozen amazingly catchy songs of yesteryear are heard throughout ‘Beautiful’ as McGrath’s smart script nimbly relates how King, still in her teens, and Goffin, scarcely older, teamed up to turn out hits...What makes ‘Beautiful so, well, beautiful is watching King evolve from a dowdy, insecure teenager into a confident, mature artist...The show looks fresh in performance, thanks to a versatile, highly energetic ensemble.” Full Review

80
New York Stage Review

“The script is snappier than I remembered...Music-wise, the biggest thrill is hearing contrasting versions of songs you know and love...The switches between the writers’ and the pop stars’ renditions, thanks to director Marc Bruni, are quick and polished; and, even more important, the music, thanks to orchestrator/arranger Steve Sidwell, sounds dynamite...You’re bound to recognize all these songs...but please, for the sake of your fellow Carole King–loving audience members, don’t sing along." 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

60
Talkin' Broadway

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

60
USA Today

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

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


100
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You love oldies. This show took me back in time. The casts' voice were superb! Stage was cute. Costume was colorful! Story was never dull.

Don't see it if NONE! THIS IS A MUST SEE!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You love carole king and want to know more about her life and music

Don't see it if If you hate musicals, jewish song writers or fun in general.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if See it if you love her music. See it if you love musicals.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t enjoy musicals and are apt to fall asleep.

100
Great singing, Must see, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy the music of Carole King or simply love music, this is the show for you. Lots of great songs performed brilliantly. A must see.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy Carole King"s music and simply are not a music lover because the music is the show.

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You want all around entertainment

Don't see it if You are dead

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like musicals and great singing.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and don't like pop music.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Memorable, Absorbing

See it if If you loved the music of Carole King you will appreciate it even more once you learn more about the life of this superstar.

Don't see it if If you don’t like biographic musicals that threads together many of the hits she wrote for others and her own success as a performer.

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You like a great broadway show!

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

100
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You want a nostslgic night of great music & storytelling

Don't see it if You are not familiar with some of the music

100
Must see

See it if Great music, story, acting and singing. You'll leave humming the songs

Don't see it if Go see it

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Carole King’s music and are interested in learning about her early years and the workings of the music industry at that time.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of Carole King’s music and don’t care to learn about her early years, relationships, and how the music industry worked.

100
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if Great music and back story .. knew music but not the characters voyage Youl\'ll leaarn alot

Don't see it if this music era is not to your liking

100
Great singing, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you love the music of of the 50s-80s. The acting is great and the music is awesome.

Don't see it if you are expecting a lot of dancing or a surprise plot twist.

100
Outstanding, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you like Carole King and her music

Don't see it if you don’t like musicals or don’t know who Carole King is

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Jukebox musicals and semi biological stories are for you. If you loved the music Carol King & company growing up this show has them all.

Don't see it if You dont like the format of a jukebox musical or the music of Carol King.

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Loved the show and the singing. Had no idea that Carole King wrote the music to so many songs.

Don't see it if If you do not like Carole King's music and songs.

100
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Great music

See it if you are a Carole King fan & love her music. Even if not a fan, its a fabulous musical with wonderful songs, singing and acting. A must see!!

Don't see it if you are not a Carol King fan or prefer more traditional dramatic musicals or plays. Regardless, you'll love it.

100
Great singing, Great choreography, Great set design, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if The evolution of Carol King from a suburban housewife to a hall of fame singer-songwriter explores the social changes of the 1960th.

Don't see it if If you do not like rock n roll

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100
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You are or are not a fan of this music. Everything about this production works. Great performances.

Don't see it if You like boring shows because this one is great.

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to know more about Carole King's life, you like her music.

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

100
Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like biography and music.

Don't see it if You don't like her music.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love or even like Carole King's music, or just a good biography.

Don't see it if You're not a musical kind of person.

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Must see, Delightful

See it if you are a Carole King fan you enjoy great music you like to see a casual look at the process of writing songs

Don't see it if none, other than you have tickets for Hamilton at the same performance time

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this

See it if You’d enjoy a biographically based production of the wonderful and brilliantly presented Goffen/King playlist.

Don't see it if If you dislike Carole King music, or biographically based musicals.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like Carole Kings music. It is a great story of how one triumphs over life’s disappointments.

Don't see it if don’t like Carole Kings music .


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