Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in New York, NY

Stephen Sondheim Theatre 124 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036
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Presented at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway offers two hours and 30 minutes of the incredible music and life of Carole King as she entered the record business. Guests can marvel over this remarkable story, including her time as a hit songwriter, her relationship with her husband Gerry Goffin, her career as a successful solo artist and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Follows the life of singer-songwriter Carol King.
  • Songs featured include "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move."
  • Stephen Sondheim Theatre seats 1,055.
  • In-house bar and concession stands.
  • St. Andrews and 21 Clubs restaurants nearby.
  • Show duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (1 intermission).


from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Before she was Carole King, superstar—she was Carol Klein, teenage songwriter. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom from being part of a chart-topping songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music. She wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

This show is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes (1 intermission). Appropriate for all ages.

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Bobbie W
Warwick, Rhode Island
"Second time and loved it as much as the first!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2017 NEW
The music (which isn't just Carole King's) is from my generation (baby boomer), so I loved it even more for the memories. This is a very interesting story and the best part is that it's all true. The acting and singing are wonderful. We went with my 30 year old daughter. Although she wasn't familiar with the music, she loved it too.
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John F
Birmingham, Alabama
"Beautiful indeed!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2017 NEW
This is a great story that is both sad and uplifting. There are beautiful songs. I had no idea she wrote so many songs that she never performed herself. She wrote these in her early days and they were made hits by other bands. If you love music this show is for you. Theater is very updated.
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Brenna R
Minneapolis, Minnesota
"LOVED! Highly recommend!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2017 NEW
I went to this musical with my mom knowing very little about it. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! I didn't even know the story, but this turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! Definitely highly recommend! We also saw the Tony Award Winner this trip and this was very close in how much I liked it! I have seen a lot of musicals on broadway, we come almost every year. This one was definitely top 5!
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Rocky Point, New York
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2017 NEW
This play depicted the story of Carole King, one of my favorite singers. It brought back a flood of memories from my childhood, and made me smile from ear to ear.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Great Show!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2017 NEW
Beautiful – The Carol King Musical is a jukebox musical and is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theater in Manhattan. This theater is located on West 43rd Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue. This play stared Abby Mueller as Carole and she was supported by a great cast. Beautiful is the interesting true story of a young Carole King trying to make it as a songwriter. I saw this great show with my wife on a Saturday evening in late August and really enjoyed it. This play was much better than expected as I thought it was just going to be about her debut album Tapestry (but I couldn’t have been more wrong.) It turned out to be the story of a 17 year old Carole that got a job writing pop songs. Every time she wrote a hit song a fantastic group of singers would come out in full historical costume and sing the song. I especially liked You Lost That Loving Feeling and One Fine Day. Abby Mueller was fantastic as Carole King. She is the sister of Jesse Mueller who won a Tony for originating the title role. Ben Jacoby did a great job as the Hypochondriac song writer Barry Mann. He was pretty funny. Overall I really enjoyed this great show and highly recommend it. I was not expecting much and was amazed at how much better than expected Beautiful was. If you are in New York City and looking for a good musical (especially a jukebox musical), then you should seriously think about going to this show.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Where is the theater located?
Beautiful: The Carole King Story is performed at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre located at 124 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.

How long is the show?
The show is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long with a 15-minute intermission.

Is the Stephen Sondheim Theatre wheelchair accessible?
The theater is not entirely wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra section of the theater only. There are two steps required to get into the theater and our house attendants are unable to provide assistance.

Can I bring my camera to the theater?
Absolutely no photography or video is allowed into the theater.

When should I arrive for my show?
The theater doors open approximately 45 minutes before the show. It is recommended that audiences arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show beginning to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.