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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." Jessie Mueller does a great rendition of Carole's "Tapestry" classic "It's Too Late" and the lovely classic "You've Got A Friend." Mueller does a delicious job with King's classic "Beautiful," "I have often asked myself the reason for the sadness in a world where tears are just a lullaby." The musical concludes with Carole's thundering "I Feel the Earth Move." This is a dynamic cast album, charming because the music is familiar, ultimately successful because it is so well performed. Enjoy!