Highlights From Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
As a huge fan of musicals and Carole King (who isn’t?), this new Broadway production based on King’s early songwriting days is pretty much everything I could ever want from life. Jessie Mueller plays the young and upwardly mobile singer, and her resemblance is vocally and visually uncanny—though one alternate wig change and she could easily double as a teenage Streisand (Mueller previously appeared in a revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, so that likeness hasn’t gone unnoticed).
Taking its lead from jukebox biopics like Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical promises to root its chart-topping hits in a story that not only portrays the life of a singer, but the sound of an era: Motown and Doo-wop play a big part in Carole King’s history. (Did you know that King co-wrote “The Loco-Motion”, “Take Good Care of My Baby” and “One Fine Day”, amongst many other decade-defining classics? Well now you do!)
For those like me who are dying to see more of the show but can’t because of geography, Mueller has just begun her behind-the-scenes video blog over at Broadway.com, which is mostly just her goofing off.