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"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
"'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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you like the music of Carole King. Overall great vocal performances. Fun show.
Don't see it if you are looking for a musical with a plot. This show reads more like a concert and doesn't do much to create a storyline.