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"Beautiful", The Carole King Jukebox Musical, Opening On Broadway

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Of course you love Carole King, who doesn’t? One of the brill Buildings greatest writers, who took off L.A. where she eschewed everything but bad marriages and raised a kid while recording a hat in the ring Greatest ALBUM OF ALL TIME now comes to Broadway, for an open ended run at the Stephen Sondheim.

Will it be good?

I dunno know.

Jessica Mueller as Carole? Well, Jessica is pretty good, she already played the Barbra Streisand role in  the disastrous revival of  “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” and she resembles Barbra, which means she has an every Jewish visage which might work as a young and innocent Carole King in the wild world of the Brill Building, falling in love with gerry Goffin, writing hit after hit…

It is interesting that nobody has spoken too much about the brains behind the production. Who is directing, for instance… This is what I have read:

The musical will receive it’s world premiere at San Francisco’s SHN Curran Theatre September 24 through October 20 before transferring to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it will begin previews on November 21. Beautiful officially opens on Broadway on January 12, 2014, directed by Mark Bruni.

Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production will feature choreography by Josh Prince. Additionally casting and creative team members will be announced shortly.”

So they are really selling us something before it is actually in place?

I dunno but with the exception of “Jersey Boys” and “Mamma Mia” every single Jukebox Musical has been an artistic Armadgeddon including “Motown”. So great music won’t even begin to save em.

Will I go. I think so, I am a little undecided.


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