Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
opened in January of 2014.
The story of Carole King's rise as a song writer,
with friends Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann.
Above, the set for the Brill Building...
(49th and Broadway)
where popular music exploded.
Starring as Carole...Jessie Mueller (at right)
who earned a 2015 Tony for her efforts.
At right, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann,
Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, and Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin.
Reviewers said that while the music rocked,
the book lacked the drama of most musical bio pics.
The girl and guy groups of the 60s
who used Carol's songs
(and those of her writing competitors)
like the Shirelles...
...and the Drifters.
The REAL Carole King
surprised the cast in April,
joining them in the finale...
"I Feel The Earth Move."