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.

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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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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

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

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

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
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

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

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

60
USA Today

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

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

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

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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83
Slow, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of Carole King; you want a fun jukebox style musical, not unlike Jersey Boys.

Don't see it if You want a proper story; don't like slow and boring first acts.

85
Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a solid Broadway show with great voices and an interesting story.

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

Also Better than I'd expected. Not a big Carole King fan but the show was w... Read more Read less

73
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if you are a baby boomer who enjoys reliving the songs we grew up with.

Don't see it if you expect a deep story and three dimensional characters.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love the music, "industry" stories, women's stories, friendships, solid staging, talented performers, interesting orchestrations

Don't see it if 50s/60s music bothers you, if you're looking for something purely comedic/fluffy, if you want non-diegetic musical numbers

Also I didn't know what to expect going in, as somebody who doesn't general... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of Carole King's music, including all the songs she wrote in the late 50's and 60's , and interested in learning her story.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Carole King's music and consider it too dated.

86
Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love a good musical with great music [esp if you t.remember the music of the 60s/70s] and good talent.

Don't see it if You don't like 'jukebox' musicals; you don't like Carole Kings' music.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy Carol King’s music and a show that is not a jukebox musical , but a well thought out show. Waited to see this ,yet shouldn’t have.

Don't see it if If music or musicals are not your thing though. Not knowing Carol King shouldn’t keep you away. It’s really good, don’t stay away as I did.

95
Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a biopic that is fast paced and stuffed with lively music, singing and dance. Entertaining and enjoyable from start to finish.

Don't see it if you are one of those rare people who don't enjoy Carole King's music.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great music, Great singing

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.

92
Delightful, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Carole King's music, or just music from the 50s and 60s. Inspiring story told beautifully.

Don't see it if you dislike relationship drama or musicals set in the past.

72
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if This is a well executed jukebox musical with Carole King's music as the center. The audience will have a good time, nothing more or less.

Don't see it if Carole King's life story or the chapters of her life feel a bit attached to this musical than the center piece.

75
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Carole King and jukebox biomusicals. You want to see a polished and well-staged show in a beautiful theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for something original or serious. You want a deeper look into Carole King's life, not a glossed over panorama.

70
Banal, Overrated, Light, Generic

See it if you like jukebox productions. It reminds on any other musical about a singer. The plot is generic-love, betrayal, success etc.

Don't see it if Chilina Kennedy wasn’t in the best voice when I saw it. There is nothing new or original to this production.

92
Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you don't necessarily like juke box musicals but you love Carol King or you like juke box musicals and want to discover Carol King.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or have no curiosity about what your parents listened to in the 50's and 60's or how music came to be back then.

90
Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

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

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Nostalgic, Great staging

See it if nostalgic for terrific oldies sung with heart on fab sets w/ fab costumes. Neat to "see" songwriting process & segue to different performers

Don't see it if No ifs. Just go & be humbled—in a heartwarming way—by a story of irrepressible talents, determination, creativity; of ups, downs & comebacks

Also Fascinating to realize how these dynamic duos of composer/lyricist wou... Read more Read less

80
Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you like Carole King (duh!!) and the songs she and others wrote during the 1960's. The story is just a bit of a 'hook' for the songs.

Don't see it if You like musicals with a strong story line.

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

92
Beautiful, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love amazing music. I felt like I was in a concert. Absolutely beautiful.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this..

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love musicals based on real life

Don't see it if you dislike musicals

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you are a fan of King's music, you just want a fun, light hearted night at the theatre, or you enjoy true stories.

Don't see it if you despise biographical musicals, Carole King's music, or you want something new and thought-provoking.

70
Romantic, Indulgent, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love Carol King or songs From that era

Don't see it if I don’t like Carole King all songs from that era

78
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if You like light hearted musicals

Don't see it if You are looking for a thought provoking show

93
Entertaining, Great music, Great singing, Nostalgic, Informative

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals with nostalgic "oldies but goodies" from the 60s with great singing and a very talented cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting a deep story or you don't like jukebox musicals with Carol King songs from the 60s or you prefer original tunes.

Also I readily concede in advance that I absolutely LOVE Carol King and the... Read more Read less

91
Joyful, Enchanting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if Shoo-be-doo-bop magic drawing you in to the good old days. Inspirational Chilina with songs that never stops from start to finish, literally

Don't see it if More singing than acting maybe 7:3 mostly because King has written so so many songs. Overall tone can feel too chessy to some

Also As a 27 year old, I cannot say I recognized more than few songs, howev... Read more Read less



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