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Monday, January 13, 2014

"Beautiful" Jessie

Yesterday opened Beautiful, the Carol King Musical on Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre. I had a chance to see one of the last previews. The show is based on reality. Long before its protagonist became Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a hot career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n' roll. But it wasn't until her fairytale life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. 'Beautiful' tells of King's rise to stardom, alongside husband and co-writer Gerry Goffin and fellow song writers Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, set to the music that made her one of the recording industry's most enduring icons. While I enjoyed hearing the songs of King-Goffin and Weil-Mann again, I became bored during the second act. Nevertheless I recommend you see the show if you get a chance. Jessie Mueller who plays Carole King is a phenomenal singer. In a fair world she would become a superstar.

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