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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 (3716)

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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


"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

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

Talkin' Broadway

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

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

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

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

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


"'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

USA Today

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

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

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


"'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

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

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

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


"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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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.

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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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Carol King

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

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

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

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

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.

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.

Refreshing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like Carole Kings music.

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

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

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

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.

Overrated, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you are a huge Carole King fan

Don't see it if you expect deeper insights into the characters, it felt mostly like an excuse to have them write and perform the next song.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Fun, Great music, Enjoyable

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.

Jukebox musical with backstory

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.

Interesting, Entertaining, Historical, Great singing, Great staging

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.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you like stories of women making it in the world, or if you have an interest in the life of Carole King.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical that's more flashy.

Delightful, Great acting, Indulgent, Great singing, Fluffy

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.

Delightful, Must see, Great singing

See it if you love Carole King

Don't see it if Carole king's music irritates you

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Campy, Great staging

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.