"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" chronicles the early life and career of Carole King via songs that recreate her greatest moments in this masterpiece of a jukebox musical. More of a celebration of Carole's immense body of work than a historical biography, the production is one of the most uplifting shows to grace the stage at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
A multiple Tony Award-winner, "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" features impeccable direction by Marc Bruni and an excellent book by Douglas McGrath. The show has audiences leaving with a "Beautiful" song on their lips and a smile on their face.
Despite her mother's wishes, a young Carole moves to New York City determined to begin her career as a songwriter for Donnie Kirshner. Shortly after arriving in the city, Carole meets fellow songwriter Gerry Goffin. Before long, the two begin collaborating and a romantic relationship inevitably blossoms. Soon later, Carole and Gerry meet another singer-songwriter duo, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The couples grow quite competitive toward one another and, fueled by determination to be the best, produce dozons of iconic songs.
As time moves on, the relationship between Carol and Gerry sours and Gerry moves out, breaking Carole's heart. Carole eventually moves to Los Angeles and begins recording a new album all of her own. Does Carole go on to become a hit? Does she get closure in her life with Gerry? Watch this special Broadway musical to find out.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has been running at the Stephen Sondheim theatre since January 12, 2014. Beautiful has sold 1,616,992 tickets since its premiere - 92% of total seating capacity - grossing a total of $203,754,980 up until December 2017.
The play was nominated for 7 Tonys and won 2 of them, including for Actress in a Musical. It was also nominated for 6 Drama Desk Awards, and won 3 of them, including Outstanding Actress in a Musical. It was also nominated for 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards.
“Instantly joins the ranks of the irresistible! Take my word, the earth under the theatre moves, it moves!”
– The Huffington Post
“Lead me to BEAUTIFUL and I’ll happily follow! You can’t help getting caught up in it.”
– New York Observer
Show Score: 90
About the Show
Know Before You Go
Recommended for audience members ages 11 and up. Children under 4 will not be admitted.
The theater has a seating capacity of 1,437. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Stephen Sondheim Theatre Seating Chart Guide.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
About Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Built by in 1918, the Stephen Sondheim theatre was designed by architects Paul R. Allen and Ingalls & Hoffman in the Neo-classical style, and has a seating capacity of 1055. It was built by and named for actor-producer Henry Miller, and was renamed to honor American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in September 2010.
Get more information on the seating chart here.
Beautiful Broadway Tickets
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