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The fascinating life of one of pop music’s greatest performers and songwriters takes center stage in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The show begins just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composes her first hit song, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” in 1959 when she is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin. In the decade that follows, King and Goffin produce a string of classic hits while forming a lasting friendship with another composing couple, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. When Carole’s personal life begins falling apart, she responds by stepping out of the shadows with Tapestry, a deeply personal collection of songs that becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time.
'Beautiful' is a joyous celebration! Douglas McGrath's smart, well-crafted, and funny book cleverly threads together a memorable catalog of early rock hits.Review by Thom Geier from Entertainment Weekly
Carole King fans will love it! With Marc Bruni's crisp direction and Josh Prince's precision choreography, the song hits segue seamlessly on Derek McLane's grid set - from drab office to glittery concert stage - with the efficiency of one of librettist Doug McGrath's snappy lines.Review by Steve Parks from Newsday
What Is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Like?
A treasure trove of great music combined with an inspiring story in which the heroine emerges triumphant, Beautiful showcases classic hits such as “Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof,” “Take Good Care of My Baby” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” This is not a glorified concert, however: The songs are performed in a theatrical context that helps illuminate Carole’s rise from shy teenager to loving wife and mother to international star. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Douglas McGrath emphasizes the friendship of King, Goffin, Weil and Mann in his smartly funny libretto. You don’t have to be a Carole King fan to love Beautiful, but you’ll certainly leave the theater with a fresh appreciation of the woman and her accomplishments.
Is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Good for Kids?
Beautiful is appropriate for the entire family, but very young children won’t be interested in this 1950s-era biography. The show is best for pop music lovers age 10 and up.