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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 — 2 Comments

We Will Love Her Tomorrow, and Every Day After

George Mulder


We Will Love Her Tomorrow, and Every Day After

Of all the people to write a Broadway musical about, why Carole King? Why does she deserve a Tony Award-winning hit show? Once you see Beautiful: The Carole King musical, you will understand. It is currently playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through November 29. It stars Abby Mueller in the title role, achieving success in portraying Carole King in her own style while…


Added by George Mulder on November 20, 2015 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

I Felt the Earth Move under My Feet

The thought of seeing another jukebox musical about a time period in which I had very little interest in was the last thing I wanted to do on Wednesday night. As I walked through the Orpheum Theatre, I noticed all the older people in the crowd already singing their favorite Carole King classics.  Although Beautiful: The Carole King…


Added by Martha Broadnax on November 20, 2015 at 10:34pm — 2 Comments


"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical", was just what you'd expect it to be: beautiful. The show opened on a solitary piano in the middle of a glowing spotlight, and Abby Mueller (Carole King) walked onto the stage in an evening gown. It was a fantastic start to an incredible show. The Orpheum was lit up for opening night, and gray-haired but bright eyed people streamed into the theatre. The show, directed by Marc Bruni, walks you through the trying life of Carole Klein (King is her stage name)… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on November 20, 2015 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

Carole is King and so is this Show

Beautiful is truly the perfect word to describe the new jukebox musical about the colossal sensation, Carole King. Beautiful is a show about turning lemons into lemonade. It’s about transitions, it’s about relationships, and it’s about the ways we can support one another to bring out the best traits in our fellow humans. Almost everyone knows Carole King or at least has heard one of her groovy tunes, but not…


Added by Noah Coon on November 20, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

A Carol for Carole

Beautiful:The Carole King Musical by Douglas McGrath goes into the life of the songwriter and singer Carole King and her eventual rise to stardom. She goes from her humble beginnings as Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn trying to make it big in New York, to Carole King, performing her top selling album Tapestry at Carnegie Hall. When I went to see this show in the Minnesota Orpheum, I didn’t know what to expect. However, through both the visuals and the character…


Added by Gerald Christopher Boles on November 20, 2015 at 8:16pm — 2 Comments

I Felt the Earth Move when I saw this show!

This show makes any person want to start following their dreams. Carole King’s  mother wanted her to be a teacher, but she listened to her heart and became a songwriter. The…


Added by Annika Ronning on November 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Beautiful: Hitting The Note

As a person whose knowledge of Carol King's impact and works is limited to the Gilmore Girls' theme song and a small sum of information I had gathered on the Internet, my expectations for Beautiful: The Carol King Musical were nearly nonexistent. I could not imagine what a biographical musical based on the life of Carol King could be like and I could not guess as to what the production would focus on. Luckily, Beautiful captivates with the first run of the horns section and takes you along… Continue

Added by Anna Harris on November 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

Beautiful: The only possible title for such a beautiful show

Singer/songwriter and musical icon Carole King helped shape the music scene of the 60’s and 70’s, and her story as well as her music continue to bring inspiration with the new show, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. This biographical musical uses King’s own songs and other songs from the era to tell her story. The show opened on Broadway in January of 2014 starring Jessie Mueller as Carole King. The national tour came to Minneapolis Wednesday night…


Added by Heidi Wiese on November 20, 2015 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

"What Can You Say in Three Minutes?"

“What can you say in three minutes or less?” Gerry Goffin would ask. The answer is many things, but one hundred and eighty seconds is not enough time to describe every reason why Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is so worth seeing. Directed by Marc Bruni, the musical synopsis of the groundbreaking Carole King’s life is an energetic performance bound to thaw anyone’s heart. From the 1940’s-1970’s, taking place in the music world of New York, we see how…


Added by Nina Afremov on November 20, 2015 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

Beautiful: I'd be lying if I said it wasn't

The first thing heard is a piano. When the lights come up we are introduced to a simple scene, a piano, a woman, and a beautiful voice. Carole King, portrayed by Abby Mueller, is center stage. As music fills the room it becomes evident that Carole is at the height of her career, singing her original song ‘Beautiful’. Then the magic begins, as the scene changes so does the set, which is simple in theory, a single backdrop with two sliding screens and a number of set pieces…


Added by Alexis Langenfeld on November 20, 2015 at 6:49pm — 3 Comments

Beautiful Is "Some Kind of Wonderful"

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, a real life story brought to the stage has the most familiarity I've ever seen and heard in a production. The music and story is familiar to everyone whether you are an unemployed high schooler, a working single parent, or a man or woman trying to make it in this world. With it's spinning set pieces, sound proof wardrobe, and tangible story line.

The opening was of Carole King, (Abby Mueller) coming out and playing an opening song talking with us,… Continue

Added by Natalie Juell on November 20, 2015 at 6:48pm — 3 Comments

Irony stops me from using the word 'Beautiful' too often.

The highly-anticipated touring production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the story of singer/songwriter Carole King’s rise to stardom. The show begins in the late 1950’s, with sixteen-year-old Carole beginning her work at 1650 Broadway as a songwriter. She soon meets Gerry Goffin, quickly becoming songwriting partners and getting married. They and their best friends/business rivals…


Added by Miranda Mier on November 20, 2015 at 6:32pm — 3 Comments

It was a Beautiful show!



Added by Claire Blonigen on November 20, 2015 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

Beautiful Shows The World All The Love In Its Heart

Annie Schoonover

Beautiful: A Carole King Musical

Near the beginning of the Orpheum Theater’s Wednesday night production of Beautiful: A Carole King Musical, there is a number entitled “1650 Broadway Melody”, which showcases the various songs written and produced in the titular building while a starry-eyed Abby Mueller as Carole King looks on.  This number exemplifies the appeal of Beautiful: the story of an eminently likable young woman’s rise to…


Added by Annie Schoonover on November 20, 2015 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

Truly Beautiful

Kate Lawless

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


The national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, currently being performed at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, brings to life the captivating story of a woman whose music still inspires people today. Though Carole King’s life was fraught with marital troubles and the competition and anxiety…


Added by Kate Lawless on November 20, 2015 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

A truly beautiful musical

Review: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

By Emma Meents

When Beautiful, The Carole King Musical begins, we are introduced to its central character, Carole King right away. She is a solitary figure filling the space center stage with her larger-than-life presence, accompanied only by a piano and a microphone. It’s a powerful message: We are about to get to know this woman and her story very well, and it’s our first glimpse at the heart of a musical journey ready to captivate… Continue

Added by Emma on November 20, 2015 at 4:46pm — 2 Comments


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