by | Mar 2, 2018 | What’s Happening

Tuesday, March 13–Sunday March 18, Chrysler Hall

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s (Carol Joan Klein) amazing rise to stardom… from being part of a hit songwriting team with her first husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

I saw the show a few months ago on Broadway. Starting in the opening scene with King as a shy young Jewish teen in her home in Brooklyn—Beautiful chronicles not only King’s life, but also the world of pop songwriting in Manhattan in the 1960s. While the storyline has some stressful and uncomfortable moments, watching King’s evolution—as a musician, young woman, wife, and mother—and , of course, hearing her music, is as Entertainment Weekly noted, “a joyous celebration.”

Featuring myriad beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend and the title song, Beautiful, the show earned two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.

Carole King made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. You’ll leave the theater singing, for sure. At least, I did!

Terri Denison