About Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Carole King was the voice of a generation, and her unforgettable life story comes to Broadway in this new musical. Before she became a chart-topping solo artist recording her own material, she was Carole Klein, an awkward teenager with a dream of writing pop songs. By the time she reached her 20s, she had a partnership with her husband, Gerry Goffin, and together they turned out hits for such artists as The Monkees, The Shirelles, The Drifters, Little Eva and Aretha Franklin. But when her personal life began to fall apart, Carole struck out on her own both as a writer and performer, becoming one of the top acts in pop music history. Her first solo album, “Tapestry,” became the soundtrack for a rebellious and soul-searching America.
The score is chock-full of such King hits as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “So Far Away,” “One Fine Day,” and “Natural Woman.” The book is by Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath, who co-wrote the screenplay for Bullets Over Broadway with Woody Allen. Marc Bruni (The Explorers’ Club, Old Jews Telling Jokes) directs.
Chilina Kennedy currently stars as leading lady, Carole King.
Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission
Good for kids?
Older kids should be able to enjoy this song-filled show.
Did you know?
Carole King has made 25 albums. “Tapestry” held the record for most weeks as Billboard’s Number #1 album by a female artist for over 20 years until it was broken by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack for The Bodyguard.
More than 400 of King’s songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists.
She wrote “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” with Gerry Goffin when she was just 17.
King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Stephen Sondheim Theatre Location Information:
124 W 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E to 42nd St./Port Authority (Eighth Ave.); B, D, F, V to 42nd St./Bryant Park
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