‘Beautiful’ Broadway Reviews

BEAUTIFUL

Born a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah, Carol Klein (Carole King) fought her way into the record business as a teenager and began her life as one of the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her fairy tale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

“What’s extraordinary is how Ms. Mueller conveys that gradual transformation in every aspect of her performance. This includes most crucially her singing, which evokes Ms. King’s distinctively throaty, ever-yearning voice without mimicry. Most important, you never doubt the intrinsic connection between the singer — a woman we feel we have come to know intimately — and her songs. Modesty is not the usual stuff of Broadway showstoppers. And if “Beautiful” never acquires the flashy momentum of “Jersey Boys,” it may come in part from the deferential gentleness of its heroine.”

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THE HUFFINGTON POST REVIEW

“It should have a long and healthy run, if, that is, the producers can either convince Jessie Mueller to remain in the title role forever or, failing that, if they can find replacements as enormously talented as she is and as cannily cast. . . . Douglas McGrath’s libretto pulls it down several notches. Not so many that it threatens irreversible damage, but still. What he does is take King’s life with and without Goffin and turn it into a sitcom where Carole and Gerry are Lucy and Desi and Cynthia and Barry are Ethel and Fred.”

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW

“It’s hardly a surprise that the songs in “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” are some kind of wonderful. King made magic with her catalogue and it is an unqualified treat to hear her best-known hits — “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “One Fine Day,” “So Far Away” and so many others — performed live. Even if you haven’t memorized the King songbook, you will leave the Stephen Sondheim Theatre humming.”

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VARIETY REVIEW

“There are beaucoup happy surprises like that in the first act of “Beautiful,” all staged by Bruni in Broadway-worthy style and smartly executed by an attractive ensemble with great pipes and nice moves. (Josh Prince did the choreography and dance captain Sara Sheperd made it happen.)”

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BEAUTIFUL

Born a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah, Carol Klein (Carole King) fought her way into the record business as a teenager and began her life as one of the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her fairy tale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

OVERVIEW

PHOTOS

VIDEOS

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