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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Cast Recording

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Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. 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: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit 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.

The legendary songwriting teams of Goffin/King and Mann/Weil scaled the charts, writing hits for such acts as The Drifters ( On Broadway ), The Shirelles ( One Fine Day ), The Righteous Brothers ( You ve Lost That Lovin Feeling ), and The Monkees ( Pleasant Valley Sunday ). These classic songs and many more including five from Carole King s landmark solo album, Tapestry are presented here with new arrangements and orchestrations written especially for the stage.

Jessie Mueller, as Carole King, is a frontrunner for the Best Actress Tony Award as she gives a performance, now captured on the record, that the New York Post proclaims should make [her] a household name.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is a deluxe package containing a full color booklet with lyrics, show photos, rare archival content, and a show synopsis and essay by the book writer Douglas McGrath.

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Digital Booklet: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Digital Booklet: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • ASIN: B00J89SH4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2014
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Without a doubt, Carole King has to rank among the top ten songwriters of the 20th century. While I haven't seen the musical, I approach the music looking for fresh interpretations of classic songs. Jessie Mueller's voice is a kissing cousin to Carole's and fits her classics like a glove. "Some Kind of Wonderful" glitters with glorious harmonies, "All you have to do is touch my hand to show me you understand & something happens to me." Jessie and Jake Epstein who plays Carole's first husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin do an amazing duet on "Take Good Care of My Baby" with a touch of Broadway schmaltz thrown in for good measure. Jessie's take on "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" does not over-reach and comes across as breathtakingly heartfelt, "Will my heart be broken when the night meets the morning sun?" The stage version of The Shirelles do a second version with strings and polish. Anika Larsen plays King contemporary Cynthia Weil and does a great version of Weil's "He's Sure the Boy I Love." Carole King the Musical again dips out of her catalogue for a strong version of "On Broadway" by the stage Drifters. Ashley Blanchet as Little Ava rips up "Locomotion." Act I closes with a blazing version of "One Fine Day" with Jessie Mueller, Rashidra Scott & the Three Girls ripping the song upbeat. Act II opens with our stage Carole and the backup singers rocking out on "Chains." Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann totally rips up "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," a hit for The Animals written by Mann and Cynthia Weil. The ensemble does a wonderful job on Weil/Mann hit "Uptown.Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By upstate bill on April 10, 2014
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This is a fantastic recording. There are so many great Carole King songs, winnowing them down for the show
must have been the hardest part.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SouthAl on June 4, 2014
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It is amazing to hear how many songs that Carole King wrote. And not just wrote, but were hits. Just kept singing along to the CD :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Duffy on June 10, 2014
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Not just Carole King-written songs, but songs that were popular when she was growing up. A great collection and all well done!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jobla on May 21, 2014
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The sound here is phenomenal, as the cast recording was performed in a studio. This is a wonderful souvenir of the live musical, but even those who aren't able to see it live might well enjoy the soundtrack album, as many 1960's and early 1970's hits are performed with gusto and warmth. Any time spent with star Jessie Meuller is time well spent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Hohn on June 28, 2014
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Always liked Carole King! Loved the play! Saw it in San Francisco before it went on Broadway. Love the music! So happy the star won best singer for a musical!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Granese on June 10, 2014
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Always love everything Carole King does. This is fabulous new take on her songs. So looking forward to seeing show next month!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Collinson on June 10, 2014
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I have been a fan of this show since I knew they were making it. Jessie Mueller is vocally stunning. She seems to somehow emulate Carole King by sounding like her, but putting her own flare into the songs. The highlights of the recording, besides every song being wonderful, is "So Far Away", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?", "One Fine Day", "Walkin' in the Rain", "It's Too Late", "You've Got a Friend", "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" and "Beautiful". The other talents on this recording are Jake Eperstein, Anika Larson and Jarrod Spector (who slays a lot of his songs). It is literally one of the best jukebox musicals since Jersey Boys, and there have been a lot since then that have really done poorly. This one is up there with some great jukebox musicals.
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