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  Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Cadillac Palace Theatre

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

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 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.

Thru - Jan 28, 2018

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Now, Bockel is playing the lead in the national tour of “Beautiful,” the superior jukebox musical (also still running on Broadway) that celebrates the life and music of the great Carole King. And even if you saw the show on its previous long Chicago engagement, Bockel’s intensely emotional interpretation of King and her music is ample reason to return."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Bockel’s voice is ideally suited to channel King, and her shifts from a teenage prodigy who nevertheless yearned for a traditional family life, to an independent woman with hard-won confidence, is winningly limned here. As Goffin, Brewer aptly suggests the restlessness and sense of entrapment that came with marrying far too young."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...When an Equity touring production like this one hit Chicago last year, I called it sweet, fun, and comfortable, and so it remains. The first act has an exuberance that's necessarily missing from the second, as we move from King's amazingly productive youth to her sadder-but-wiser maturity. As directed by Marc Bruni, though, the whole functions with all the efficiency of the Brill Building hit-making factory where King started. One oddity: Sarah Bockel's otherwise excellent lead performance seems to take her closer to Barbra Streisand than King in the end."
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Tony Adler

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...King's music is far from new, but it remains remarkably fresh, appealing and insouciant. In part, it's because King and her early writing partner, Jerry Goffin, wrote excellent songs with smart lyrics ( mostly Goffin's ) and clever tunes ( King's ) with a hook and sometimes unexpected modulations. Book writer Douglas McGrath has woven a story—King's biography—in which the songs fit more tightly and appropriately than in most any other jukebox musical. As pleasingly familiar as they are, the songs seem to have been written for the specific characters and situations. Beautiful also celebrates rock's pre-Motown era when white producers and songwriters worked closely with early Black crossover artists, many of whom are portrayed in musical cameos. The show knowingly creates nostalgia for that seemingly-more-innocent period in pop culture."
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Jonathan Abarbanel

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...One thing this production has going for it, beyond Bockel’s wonderful lead performance, is an incredibly strong and charismatic set of leads. Goeke and Heimer, for instance, have enough talent and charm between them to carry 10 shows—let alone serve as the B-leads in someone else’s show."
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Alex Huntsberger

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...The songs-themselves a 2015 Grammy Winner-are equal to the journey. Apart from its totally justified nostalgia, Beautiful glows with superb storytelling, impeccably illustrated by Susan Draus's musical direction and Josh Prince's period-preserving choreography. Derek McClane's supple modular sets instantly set their scenes. Alejo Vietti's rapid-changing costumes are dated in just the best way."
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Lawrence Bommer

Splash Magazine - Recommended

"... For all of Carole King's recognition and many accomplishments, the one thing I've truly admired about her is how she's never let fame change who she is as a person. Indeed, she's filled with doubts throughout her journey. It's those same conflicts that all of us inhabit, and when those anxieties are given full display in Sarah Bockel's complex performance this tour truly lives up to it's title."
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Justin LeClaire

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...Director Marc Bruni does an impressive job of bringing the book from Douglas McGrath to life on stage, and "Beautiful" is sure to delight your soul and make your heart sing all the way home."
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Rick and Brenda McCain

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Some shows can come back year after year and still wow an audience. “Beautiful” The Carole King Musical about her early life and her career, is one of these pieces. With a book by Douglas McGrath and music and words by Gerry Goffin and Carole King along with others by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, this is a heartwarming story of the ups and downs in the lives of these composers."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...This is one joyous and magical musical, from start to finish. No one will leave the theatre wishing for more because this talented company leaves it all there on the stage. Unlike some other plays, this production is truly “Broadway in Chicago,” featuring the very best actor/singer/dancers, gifting the audience with gorgeous, much-loved songs and creating a well-deserved tribute to one of America’s finest musical artists. This highly recommended musical will remind audiences that “Happy Days are Here Again!”"
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Colin Douglas

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...BEAUTIFUL -THE CAROLE KING STORY is still overwhelmingly beautiful a second time around. I woke up this morning with a smile on my face to show the world all the love in my heart. I highly recommend seeing this show for a first time, for a second time, or every time given the opportunity."
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Katy Walsh

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Indeed this Broadway in Chicago homecoming (the first tour starring Abby Mueller was here two years ago) is every bit as beautiful as the originals. It all begins with Bockel, who was an ensemble member of that first tour and whose resume has a plethora of Chicagoland credits. Moving King through these most formative years, from shy, young schoolgirl; teen bride and mother; jilted wife; and reluctant performer to a masterful composer and entertainer is accomplished with subtle, professional nuance."
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Barry Reszel

Chicago On Stage - Highly Recommended

"...Beautiful is much more than a handful of Carole King songs. It is a moving portrait of an artist struggling to blend family and her art. It is a loving story of a mother who never put her career, though it was critically important to her, ahead of her children. It is a triumphant tale of a woman who, pushed to the edge by her abandonment by her songwriting and life partner, finally discovered her own unique and important voice. And it is a really beautiful way to spend a couple of hours at the theatre."
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Karen Topham

Picture This Post - Highly Recommended

"...Musicals just don’t get more joyful than this one. The talent explosion from the stage makes this l script and its music come to life. Sarah Bockel’s voice and persona is so spot-on Carole King that you may also worry that the real one will now look like an imitation in comparison. Her chords are golden and she is one helluva soulful natural woman and friend. We LOVE her! How could we not!"
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