Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a Tony Award winning musical based on the life of Carole King. The show debuted in September of 2013 at the famous Curran Theatre in San Francisco.
It opened on Broadway, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, in January of 2014. London’s West End welcomed a production at the Aldwych Theatre beginning in February of 2015.
September of 2015 saw the commencement of the U.S. tour. The first city to collect Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tickets was Providence, Rhode Island.
Beautiful is a jukebox musical. The majority of the songs were either written or co-written by Carole King.
All the songs are from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.
Some of the Carole King songs you’ll hear in Beautiful include "The Loco-Motion," “Some Kind of Wonderful,” "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
The musical also contains songs written or co-written by King’s real-life friends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Songs like “On Broadway,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”
Beautiful is directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Josh Prince. The book was penned by Douglas McGrath.
The musical tells the story of King’s professional and romantic life from 1958 to 1971. The story begins and ends with her playing Carnegie Hall.
Besides King, other important music industry figures portrayed in the musical are Don Kirshner, Neil Sedaka, Little Eva, and The Righteous Brothers.
Beautiful’s strength is its music. King’s songs, as well as others included in the score, are some of the most popular of the 1960s that weren’t written by British rockers.
Beautiful doesn’t have the greatest book and it doesn’t re-invent the jukebox musical. Still, it’s 140 minutes of feel-good theatre.
If you’re a slight Carole King fan to a diehard one, you’ll definitely want to procure Beautiful tickets. If you turn the radio station every time “You’ve Got a Friend” or “It’s Too Late” comes on then you might want to skip this show.
Yes, the real-life Carole King has seen the musical. She joined the cast on stage (at the curtain call) to sing “You’ve Got A Friend.”