The 4 stars in this review are for the musical Beautiful The Carole King Musical, and not for the theatre which is dark and oppressive.
The music, as you would expect from a musical based on Carole King, was sublime with very strong performances all round, though in particular by Jessie Mueller (Carole King) and Jake Epstein (Gerry Goffin).
As a person whose knowledge of Carole King could do with some adding to I found that Beautiful did not add to it, and wished it had given more detail. Since seeing the musical I have looked online for more information. This show is well worth going to, though a tip if like me your knowledge of Carole King is a little hazy, look up any biog site to get some background information so that you can put things in context.
Without doubt this musical should be a Broadway hit, or I will eat my "hat"
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