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The Beautiful Story of a Woman and A Piano

The lights went down and then came back up on a blue lit stage, on which there was only a grand piano. Sitting at the piano a woman with long wavy hair, wearing a blue formal gown. She began singing and it was clear that this woman was none other than Carole King, or in this case, Abby Mueller portraying her. Beautiful The Carole King Musical tells this story, as much as other people weave in and out of her life, the story is about Carole King and a…


Added by Anne Boatman on November 29, 2015 at 10:51am — No Comments

Beautifully Surprised by "Beautiful"

I hate jukebox musicals. They always bore me and I never am fully invested in their story because the songs never seem to fit together well in my mind. Going into “Beautiful” last Friday night, I was expecting to feel disengaged and very bored. I was pleasantly surprised when the opposite came true. Carole King’s journey took hold of my attention as soon as Carole King, Abby Mueller, walked on stage to a grand piano in front of 60s decor. Telling her career story with a side of her personal…


Added by Ruby Regan on November 25, 2015 at 6:11pm — No Comments


Before discovering that the touring version of Broadway's Beautiful: The Carol King Musical was going to be playing at the Orpheum Theater I had absolutely no idea who the title artist was. After watching I had received a general outlook on her journey as an artist from her early days as joyful youth seeking a career in the business to taking on a more suppressed role during her marriage to her liberating period as a singer. Along the way I was enthralled by great staging and a compelling tale… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on November 25, 2015 at 5:03pm — No Comments

A Musical That Truly Embodies The Name

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is definitely a musical that lives up to its name. At the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, November 18 I saw the opening performance of the Carole King musical. For a musical that is a biography of sorts it does a wonderful job of capturing your attention and keeping you captivated by the story. It is about Carole King and her adventures in trying to become a famous songwriter, and eventually famous singer. She did accomplish her goal but not without some… Continue

Added by Moira Weiland on November 25, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Truly a Beautiful Show to See

Over all I thought that Beautiful: The Carol King Musical was a very good production. The only thing that I thought could use a little work was the story line, as it was a little long in some parts and not long enough in others. Premiering on November 18th, at the Orpheum Theatre, this show was all about the life of Carol King and her rise from Teenage song writer all the way to a singer of her own songs. This show included many of King's iconic songs, along with fun and upbeat dance numbers… Continue

Added by Bella Hartley Noyes on November 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful, Beautifully Done

From the second Beautiful- the Carole King Musical started to the very last note, there was no dull moment. The show opened with Carole King, played by Abby Mueller, alone on the stage playing an elegant grand piano. As she finished, she was whisked off stage and the next scene erupted into life. From then on, the musical only got better. The actors were phenomenal, the lights and set were never boring, and the costumes were brilliant.…


Added by Meara Molitor on November 22, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Beautiful Review

    The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Theater was the grand piano. To me a grand piano means talent and joy so I then knew this musical would be full of that. The fist scene was Carole King with beautiful hair and singing the opening song. It was simply amazing. Then show went on and Carol was following her dream but the whole time she completely changed, different hairstyle and outfit. I was confused if they were the same person to later find out that it was the new Carol…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on November 21, 2015 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

A "Beautiful" Irony

The show, Beautiful: A Carole King Musical, was all about Carole King, a renowned musician and writer, yet, ironically, the play struggled with musicality and scene writing. Although there were some facets of the this musical worth witnessing, like the ensemble’s performances and the hilarious one-liners, this was an underwhelming show on the whole.

Musically, this show was mediocre to okay-plus. the choral ensemble’s work on their feature performances deserves some recognition; their… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on November 21, 2015 at 2:45pm — No Comments

The Crowning Jewels on Carole King

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Beautiful Review

The Crowning Jewels on Carole King 

As a performer, I know that there is aspect of theater that doesn't get a fraction of the reignition that it deserves. An aspect that someone told me is “only recognized when it's bad.” An aspect that every single person, no matter where they are sitting in the house, can see. That is the aspect of technical theater. 

As many people agree, I must say that technical…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on November 21, 2015 at 12:44pm — 1 Comment

One Better Than Fine Musical

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, playing at the Orpheum now, is the story of the life of Carole King, beginning at age 16, and ending with her performance at Carnegie Hall. Written by Douglas McGrath, directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince, this musical is a cavalcade of emotions- in the best possible way.

This show tells a story through the development and evolution of music, and how the people who depend on it for a living are caught between writing for the trend,…


Added by Emma Carlson on November 21, 2015 at 1:50am — 1 Comment

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, begins with a catchy overture, then transitions to Carnegie Hall, 1971, with Carole King playing piano and singing "So Far Away”. The rest of the show is a flashback to how she became Carole King as we know her today. Her story begins at sixteen, when she is begging her mother to let her go try to sell her song (“It Might as Well Rain Until September”) to Don Kirshner. While at 1650 Broadway, Carole meets Gerry, who will become…


Added by Devyn Terry on November 21, 2015 at 12:59am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Scenes, Even Mote Beautiful Sound

Karina Karbo-Wright

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Beautiful Scenes, Even More Beautiful Sound

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the king of all musicals. On November 18, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical lit up the stage at the Orpheum of downtown Minneapolis. The show started off with a bang and excitement. The musical tells of the life of Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Carole King. It starts out describing Carole and her husband Gerry's struggle… Continue

Added by Karina Karbo-Wright on November 21, 2015 at 12:59am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Beautiful

    Beautiful the Carol King Musical lights up the Orpheum theater, with a broadway telling of the life of the beloved song writer, and performer Carol King. This show draws a crowd of women in their 50s and 60s who have perhaps attended one too many Carol King concerts. The approval from the audience is over whelming, showing that this broadway telling wasn’t too over the top.

    Beautiful is kept very honest and true to the time by showing different small group performances, but…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on November 21, 2015 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

Some Kind Of Beautiful

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

A single spotlight shining over a beautiful grand piano in the center of the stage. It’s not much, but through the beam of light on the instrument we get a sense of power, a sense that something great is about to come. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, written by Douglas McGrath, follows the life journey of the songwriter/singer Carole King. The show starts with Carole at the young…


Added by Alyssa Huete on November 21, 2015 at 12:33am — 2 Comments

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

When it comes to popular music, composers seem to fade into obscurity. For many, the word “composer” brings to mind the great composers of classical music such as Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, or my personal favorite, Sibelius. Not as often do we think of the people who wrote the songs that play on the radio every day, because the performers are the one whose name goes along with the song. I had never heard a Carole King song until this week, or at least not knowingly. As such, many…


Added by Matthew Maxam on November 21, 2015 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

"Beautiful" Hits All the Right Notes

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, manages to stay nostalgic yet modern, attesting to just how timeless King’s music is; just ask the middle aged women dancing in their seats and the teenagers slyly bopping their heads. Based on the life of the legendary Carole…


Added by Delia Grimes on November 21, 2015 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Carole King Rules Minneapolis

This show has it all. The fun music, breathtaking set, artistic lighting, and insight into the life of one of music’s biggest stars adds up to a musical that is ‘some kind of wonderful’. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical started its run here in Minneapolis this past Wednesday, November 18th. This jukebox musical, penned by Douglas McGrath and featuring hit music written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann, will be playing at the Orpheum Theatre…


Added by Maddie Turk on November 20, 2015 at 11:50pm — 2 Comments

Beautiful: "Some kind of Wonderful"

A show that brings audiences to their feet, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Orpheum Theatre playing through November 29th is a masterpiece full of jaw-dropping talent, gorgeous costumes and sets, and a magnificent score. The jukebox musical, book by Douglas McGrath, reveals an insanely talented sixteen year-old in the late 1950s, Carole King, played by Abby Mueller, with the gusto to attack New York with her heart and a piano. The story centers around the…


Added by Janna Fitzgerald on November 20, 2015 at 11:34pm — 2 Comments

Carole's the Real King

“Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma.” ~Robin Williams

                Have you ever found that the happiest and most loving people in life are the ones who have been hurt the most? It is ironic how love and can emerge from pain and how perseverance can emerge from ignorance. The story of Beautiful, based on the life of Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winning Carole King, brings the truth of life’s struggles back into consciousness with a slap of…


Added by Contessa Boorman on November 20, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful is an Understatement

        “Amazing”, “Exciting”, “Fantastic”. These are some of the words used to describe Beautiful: The Carole King Story at the Orpheum theatre. When I had heard that there would be a musical based on her life, I was skeptical as many others I had talked to. It is a very difficult task to make a musical about a musician’s life, using their music, and have it work, but this musical does a…


Added by Jacob Hilton on November 20, 2015 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment

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