A Play Like No Other: It’s Beautiful

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‘Beautiful,’ The Carole King Musical is a play like no other. One reviewer called it a jukebox musical, but it was a lot more than that.

Carole King, born in Brooklyn, New York has become more than a songwriter. She is an American icon.

The songs she has written have put music in our hearts and smiles on our faces. Now in her 70’s, I once got to meet her at the White House.

At that event two years ago, Carole King was one of the artists who was being awarded with a lifetime achievement award.

There was a musical presentation in the East Room, along with a ceremony afterwards. I got to meet King, and we talked a little bit about Brooklyn, how it was in her roots always.

“Me, too,” I said. Roots matter.

The Broward Center is almost sold out for the remaining performances, which run through this Sunday, but if you can get tickets, go. The playwriting is flawless, the actors are outstanding, the scenes are pleasantly surprising, and the music is enchanting.

One of the best lines was when King, experiencing self-doubt about her ability to transition from writing for others to performing herself, asked: “who would want to see a normal girl perform? I’m not a beautiful star.”

The cast member replies: “Who? Normal people, that’s who.”


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