Beautiful: The Carole King Musical moves the earth under the Boston Opera House

Posted November 3, 2015 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Carole King Musical

For just two weeks in November, you’ll have the opportunity to uncover the beautiful side of the ’60s and ’70s music industry. Think sweet sounds, stimulating lyrics, blue eyed soul, and folk rock. Yes, it’ll be one fine day. And there’s one woman who will help.

As part of Broadway In Boston’s 2015-16 season, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful-The Carole King Musical comes to Boston from November 3 through 15 at the Boston Opera House. One tune at a time, it showcases the talent of one of the most notable singer/songwriters to ever grace an album cover, and will take you through the early life of this legendary and groundbreaking woman.

The show opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014, where it has since broken all box office records and recently become the highest grossing production in the theatre’s history. Now they’re taking it on the road, with the show’s first National Tour. Abby Mueller makes this a family affair, as she grabs the iconic title role in Jessie Mueller’s footsteps (her sis won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of King in the show’s Broadway production).

Her Beautiful Story

Long before there was a chart-topping music legend, there was a young girl in Brooklyn named Carol Klein. Her feisty nature got her into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her 20s, she had reached all her dreams – a perfect husband in fellow songwriter Gerry Goffin, a flourishing music career, and more than two dozen chart hits under her belt for rock n’ roll’s biggest names. But it wasn’t during the good times that Carol found her calling (and her voice). It was during the struggles. And those roadblocks soon made her life even more beautiful. Beautiful-The Carole King Musical gives you insight into King’s rise to stardom, her relationship with fellow writers and BFFs Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and how she rose as one of the most successful solo acts.

And then there’s the music. With a book by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features all the beloved songs by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Prepare for your time travel trip, with “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song. All of this is under the watchful talent of Steve Sidwell (Orchestrations and Music Arrangements), Jason Howland (Music Supervision), and John Miller (Music Coordination).

The creativity doesn’t stop there. Talented backstage experts bring the complete transformation into the ’60 and ’70s through Derek McLane’s set design, Alejo Vietti’s costumes, Peter Kaczorowski’s lighting design, Brian Ronan’s sound design, and Charles G. LaPointe’s wig and hair (something Carol had a lot of).

Trust us. When you see Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, you’re feel the earth move under your feet.

The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington Street. Shows are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm except for Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm. Tickets are still available.