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Beautiful – An amazing story about a remarkable woman
Directed by Marc Bruni with choreography by Josh Prince, set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Aleja Viettii, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound by Brian Ronan, this unique show features orchestration by Steve Sidwell. While the Broadway production starred Jessie Mueller as Carole King, the British version will be played by a British cast, with full details due to be released nearer the time.
Beautiful – The story
Beautiful tells the fascinating story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, starting off as a member of one of the world's most successful ever chart-topping songwriting team together with her late husband Gerry Goffin. It reveals her relationship with her best friends and fellow songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and explores her eventual role as one of the most successful pop music solo acts ever.
The show premiered on Broadway in January 2014 and raised the roof, generating a great deal of critical acclaim. Douglas McGrath's popular novel Beautiful inspires the show, which showcases masses of heart-stopping classics written by King, Goffin, Mann and Weil. And the hits just keep on coming, including unforgettable songs like A Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. In total the musical contains more than twenty legendary King hits: The Locomotion, Up on the Roof, So Far Away, On Broadway, You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, Walking in the Rain, Pleasant Valley Sunday, I Feel the Earth Move and more.
As King herself commented, “A few years ago I went to an early reading of a new musical about my life. Though some scenes about my younger years were very emotional for me, I could tell it was going to be a good show. I didn't go to the opening on Broadway, but when I finally worked up the courage to see it, I loved everything about Beautiful! This show is an honest portrayal of my early life with Gerry Goffin and our friendship with our competitors Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.”
The musical also launches on a US-wide tour in September 2015. Not many people get to see a Broadway and West End hit about their own lives, proving the popularity of the subject, the songs and the woman herself. Whether you were brought up on King hits or are completely new to them, you'll adore it.
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What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (80%)
An excellent production of a true story
Reviewed on 18 September 2017 by Selina, Peterborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 August 2017 by John, Horton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 August 2017 by Marlene, Scottsdale, United States
Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by Jenny, Soho, United Kingdom
Finishing soon. Would recommend seeing before 6th August
Reviewed on 28 July 2017 by Alan, Street, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 July 2017 by Salina, Barnet, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 July 2017 by Caroline, Rotherfield, United Kingdom
We absolutely loved it. The voices,music, story was amazing. I learned a lot about music of that time and the history behind it. The word of the songs now have more debt and meaning to it.
Reviewed on 27 July 2017 by Mildred, Thornton Heath, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 July 2017 by Valentine, Ingatestone, United Kingdom
Great onstage actors and great staff in the house! Thank you!
Reviewed on 26 July 2017 by David, Portland, United States
A fantastic evening great songs, great lighting, complimented by fantastic singing.This is THE show to see a great way to spend an evening
Reviewed on 23 July 2017 by Soner, London, United Kingdom
What a fantastic show everything from stage set to choice of songs and how they were sung was fantastic. We never knew she wrote so many hits we are in our early 60s and my eldist sisyer is 70 we were all singing and claping along a fantastic sight to see. The lady in front had see her live back in the day and was sayinf it was very accurate.
Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Terence, Forest Hill, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Donald, Canberra City, Australia
Reviewed on 21 July 2017 by John, Warrington, United Kingdom
It's great these day's to be able to smile, and this show had us smiling and talking about it for days after, the whole cast were brilliant. Can't wait for it to come downunder will be going again
Reviewed on 21 July 2017 by Douglas, Whitebridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 20 July 2017 by Timothy, Mawson Lakes, Australia
Reviewed on 20 July 2017 by Maurice, Glen Iris, Australia
A true story is always good. This one was brilliant happy and also very sad. Carole King is a very strong and clever lady and showed that her passion for music was brilliant and she has brought many people such happiness with her songs.
Reviewed on 19 July 2017 by Jennifer, Coalville, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 July 2017 by Erica, Bluntisham, United Kingdom
THE London show.If you need a musical lift then see this show. The staging and story is beautifully presented. Acting is superb.The whole audience rose at the end.
Reviewed on 18 July 2017 by Reg, Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
I told my mum here for her birthday and she loved it as did I. I thought it would be more for her due to the age gap but I really enjoyed it as well, we knew so many songs, amazing singers and everyone got up and danced at the end. Great show :)
Reviewed on 18 July 2017 by Tia, London, United Kingdom
Great show, great music, very professional.
Reviewed on 15 July 2017 by Geoffrey, Braintree, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 July 2017 by Doug, Victoria, Canada
Reviewed on 13 July 2017 by Efrat, Raanana, Israel
Reviewed on 13 July 2017 by James, Banbury, United Kingdom
Loved every part of the show, singing was amazing, story line was great. Set was very clever, dancing was brilliant.
Reviewed on 12 July 2017 by Carol, Windsor, United Kingdom
Fantastic show. Music, dancing and actors faultless. Great afternoon out. Could not fault it
Reviewed on 12 July 2017 by Georgina, London, United Kingdom
Fabulous show & terrific music!
Reviewed on 11 July 2017 by Lesley, Ayr, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 July 2017 by Elizabeth, St Albans, United Kingdom
As I wasn't familiar with artist Carole King, I certainly am now, Enough to download her music and soundtrack of show I am a fan of Cassidy Janson as I've seen her perform live acts as guest with Jive aces, and reason for to come see show beautiful
Reviewed on 11 July 2017 by Martin, Blindley Heath, United Kingdom
A 'First Class' Show with all the songs you know and love from a pioneering wonderful woman. Her life story is thrown in for good measure - amazing vocals that were just 'beautiful' - don't miss it.
Reviewed on 10 July 2017 by Carol, Morpeth, United Kingdom
One of the best shows I've ever seen. Loved every moment!
Reviewed on 06 July 2017 by David, Arlington, United States
For anyone who hasn't seen the show it's a must before the 5th August Seen it three times !!!
Reviewed on 05 July 2017 by Kim, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 July 2017 by Doyin, Bromley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 July 2017 by Paige, St Pete Beach, United States
Reviewed on 01 July 2017 by Susan, Lytham St Annes, United Kingdom
Best show I've seen.
Reviewed on 01 July 2017 by Ian, Duns, United Kingdom
Once the email confirmation was sorted excellent thank you for sorting this out
Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by Theresa, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
The Carole King musical was entertaining and well presented. It isn't often that one sees a production where every voice is delightful. The costuming and choreography were delightful.
Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by Mary, Aptos, United States
We are the same vintage as Carole King and love her music
Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by Zita, Poynton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by Marion, Rockingham, Australia
An excellent show, the only down side was the number of stairs to climb to the Grand Circle.
Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by Angela, Lowestoft, United Kingdom
Loved this show from beginning to end. Great acting, singing and dancing throughout. Clever integration of music from other writers too. Aldwych knows how to put on a quality show with great lighting, scenery and musical performances. I must go to another show soon!
Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by Andy, Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Brilliant songs , singing and acting . a show I would love to see again !
Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by Linda, Bexley, United Kingdom
We thoroughly enjoyed the show. Excellent performances. Particularly liked the depictions of music studio in the 1950s.
Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by Frances, Armidale, Australia
Reviewed on 28 June 2017 by Hugh, Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Excellent show with great acting, well sung oldie favourite songs, with a great cast carrying off their roles.
Reviewed on 26 June 2017 by Dorian, Kidwelly, United Kingdom
the main actress was brilliant and the cast was orthenic to the era.surpised that she wrote so many songs
Reviewed on 26 June 2017 by Patricia, London, United Kingdom
Wonderful shown for anyone who loves music, what a talented cast!
Reviewed on 25 June 2017 by Julie, Hatfield, United Kingdom
This production has only a little more than a month to run so a detailed review at this stage would seem pretty pointless. However we thoroughly enjoyed "Beautiful" especially of course the music almost all of which we were entirely familiar with and the Carole King story some of which was unknown to us previously.
Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Martin, Sandy, United Kingdom
The show was fantastic. I really showed that a lot of research had gone into the production to ensure authenticity. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed on 23 June 2017 by Christelle, Fortitude Valley, Australia
Reviewed on 18 June 2017 by Andrew, Isleworth, United Kingdom
The songs were the reason I went to see the show and I wasn't disappointed. Added to that was a poignant storyline linking them which added to the enjoyment of the show. The cast were excellent and it was altogether one of the most enjoyable shows I have seen on the London stage.
Reviewed on 18 June 2017 by Belinda, London, United Kingdom
It was really a very entertaining show. Good story line, great dancing singing and acting- one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.
Reviewed on 17 June 2017 by Colette, Orchid, United Kingdom
Wonderful show. We enjoyed every minute of it
Reviewed on 17 June 2017 by Robert, Atlantis, United States
Reviewed on 16 June 2017 by Robert, South Bunbury, Australia
Even if your are not a Carole King fan you will love this muscical
Reviewed on 16 June 2017 by Ian, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 June 2017 by Mary, Calgary, Canada
Reviewed on 14 June 2017 by Swee Shing, Singapore, Singapore
It was a great mix of comedy, tales of love and friendship and a walk through the history of pop and soul through the decades
Reviewed on 13 June 2017 by Rachel, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Brilliant music, well sung and acted
Reviewed on 11 June 2017 by Aileen, Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
My wife and I thought it was extremely enjoyable and would love to see it again
Reviewed on 09 June 2017 by Ronald, Northampton, United Kingdom
I was initially not enthusiastic about seeing Beautiful. A friend took my husband when he was in London in February and he loved it. I took my daughter also reluctant on my husbands recommendation, and we both loved the performance. Found it really interesting how much song writing Carol King had done. Love the story and would see it again. Thank you
Reviewed on 09 June 2017 by Belinda, Fitzroy, Australia
Reviewed on 09 June 2017 by Brian, Southampton, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed the show. Brought back very happy memories.
Reviewed on 07 June 2017 by Anna, Luton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 June 2017 by John, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 June 2017 by John, Philadelphia, United States
A fantastic show, funny quirky excellent performers and singers true to life
Reviewed on 04 June 2017 by Andrew, Thompson Norfolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by Jeff, Danville, United States
This was a fabulous musical and drama all wrapped into one. At times you will be wanting to sing along (but not out loud of course), tapping your feet, laughing and at times a few tears as you learn about Carol Kings life and the many songs she and her husband wrote together!! Music from the Drifters and many more groups. Great singing and acting and dancing!!
Reviewed on 20 May 2017 by Kathryn, Port Townsend, United Kingdom
The lead was brilliant and supporting cast were outstanding. A must see show for devotees of music.
Reviewed on 19 May 2017 by Brendon, North Perth, Australia
Absolutely go see . The story shares some of her life but it corporates enough songs.
Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Caryl, Cathedral City, United States
Reviewed on 10 May 2017 by Anthony, Gt Barton Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Uplifting good fun and entertaining
Reviewed on 09 May 2017 by John, Torryburn, United Kingdom
Really wonderful music.
Reviewed on 01 May 2017 by Gail, Redlands, United Kingdom
Fantastic show and well worth the money!
Reviewed on 30 April 2017 by Paula, Billericay, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Maureen, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Thomas, Sandhurst, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 April 2017 by Merlee, Makati City, Philippines
Though I'm not a musical fan, I was very impressed and entertained during this show. This was a last-minute addition to our day, and we were pleasantly surprised by the music, acting and overall entertainment experience. Seating was a bit uncomfortable, but I found myself enthralled with the story and music, thus forgot my discomfort. We would highly recommend this to anyone wavering whether to go see it.
Reviewed on 28 April 2017 by Rick, Tullahoma, United States
Reviewed on 25 April 2017 by Phillip, Clifton Springs, Australia
Reviewed on 25 April 2017 by Stuart, Walton-on-thames, United Kingdom
This show was 'Beautiful' in every sense of the word. The acting & singing was second to none....could have watched more & more.
Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by Neeta, Cuffley, United Kingdom
Great show from start to finish, great cast, great singing & acting, a must see
Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by John, London, United Kingdom
Nice real story and the singing fantastic
Reviewed on 23 April 2017 by Laurence, London, United Kingdom
A really lovely show, music was so good and a good story which was easy to follow. A lovely theatre, however half way through the first half someone in the row in front of us started filming the show when the usher came rushing along our row standing on people's feet and falling into us he made such a commotion and it was a wonder he didn't fall into the row she was sat in.
Reviewed on 18 April 2017 by Joanne, Rhyl, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 April 2017 by Beverley, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Cheryl, New Ross, Canada
Reviewed on 12 April 2017 by Guy, Lane Cove, Australia
Reviewed on 08 April 2017 by Joanne, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Excellent musical. Actually learned a lot about her writing for other groups that I did not know before LoL. Singling and music excellent. Highly recommended.
Reviewed on 07 April 2017 by Paul, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 April 2017 by Carol, Croydon, United Kingdom
costumes, choreography and continuity of songs, made it a most enjoyable occasion.
Reviewed on 05 April 2017 by Janice, Wallington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 April 2017 by Paul, Hastings, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 March 2017 by Ifor, London, United Kingdom
Great music, great to learn of her life, absolutely fantastic evening
Reviewed on 30 March 2017 by Christine, Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
I grew up with the music of Carole King and the London cast did an admirable job of portraying Carole and the prople who featured in her life.
Reviewed on 29 March 2017 by Aine, London, United Kingdom
Excellent review of the wonder that is Carol King
Reviewed on 26 March 2017 by Elizabeth, Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
The show was great but I thought the audience did not participate one person complained because the person in front was singing along to the music and I felt like I wanted to get up and dance and sing bu the audience although they liked it they did not participate much and I go to the theatre because it is somewhere where I can participate!!! I think there is too much spectator-ism today with people watching lots of movies etc. However it was brilliant Cassidy jensen who played the role of Carole King was perfect very well cast..I really liked the Aldwich Theatre cosy and comfortable.
Reviewed on 26 March 2017 by Heather, Crowborough, United Kingdom
Loved all the music and dancing. Scenery was good and very clever costume changes. Story was enjoyable and funny
Reviewed on 23 March 2017 by Sally, Gravesend, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Friday, May 26 2017, 14:25
I always like to celebrate a show whose primary purpose is to give pleasure and Beautiful which is about to end its time at the Aldwych Theatre after a very respectable run of over two years, is just such a show.
You also learn a lot too. Although I’ve loved songs like So Far Away, Take Good Care of My Baby and Locomotion but I had no idea that the same songwriter was behind them all. That song writer was Carole King and the show takes the form of a gentle autobiography, dramatising scenes from King’s life interspersed with musical numbers she’s written.Last chance to catch the Beautiful BEAUTIFUL
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, September 17 2015, 14:00
I’ve seen the jukebox, biographical musical BEAUTIFUL, about the life and music of Carole King before, both in New York and at London’s Aldwych Theatre and always quite enjoyed it.
Kings essential “niceness” shines through the gentle but uplifting story of her journey from hopeful teen hoping to sell her songs, through the ups and downs, friendships and collaborations of her time writing hits for other people, to starring in her own right at Carnegie Hall after the massive success of her solo album TAPESTRY.Joanna Woodward triumphs as the latest star of BEAUTIFUL