Last week, I had the opportunity to see Beautiful on Broadway, a musical based on the life story of music icon Carole King. I’ve been a huge fan of King, as growing up my parents introduced me to Tapestry, which remains one of my favorite albums to date. Due to this, I was excited to see the musical. So how did it hold up? Read on to hear my thoughts!
Beautiful The Musical Review
Beautiful, which is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City, starts off with the character of King playing Carnegie Hall and looking back on how she got there.
We are then transported back in time to when King was a child, wanting to be a songwriter. We see her sell her first song, fall in love with Gerry Goffin, who becomes her song writing partner and husband, and struggle with marital issues. We also see, towards the latter part of the show, King develop from song writer to singer.
The music is, unsurprisingly, wonderful. The score boasts some of King’s biggest hits including You’ve Got A Friend, It’s Too Late, Beautiful, and (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.
While the music is great, the actors who played the roles were especially talented, both vocally and with their acting abilities. Chilina Kennedy, who played King flawlessly, was perfectly cast in the role. Not only did her pipes mimic King’s gorgeous singing voice to a tee, but she also looked the part as well. Jake Epstein, who plays Goffin, also did a great job, and his acting was particularly strong when King and him were going through some rough patches in their relationship.
If you’re looking for a night out at the theatre that features great music, great performers, and a story that hooks you right from the beginning, Beautiful is definitely a show that’s worth checking out. You surely won’t be disappointed by this musical and, much like the character of King, will find many beautiful moments along the way.