Carole King's passion and chutzpah portrayed in 'Beautiful'

The cast of "Beautiful." Photo provided.

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. All of which comes to light in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

The show makes its Walton Arts Center debut on April 24-29. This limited eight-show run is part of the P&G Broadway Series.

King 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 and roll. But, it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

“It’s a rich thrill to see the new musical Beautiful, whether you’re King fan or you’re fascinated by the music business,” said NBC, New York calling it a “must-see” performance.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 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.

Sarah Bockel as Carole King in "Beautiful." Photo provided.

King became 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.

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come, and her music is loved the world over,” says producer Paul Blake.

The musical features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. Hits include I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend and the title song, Beautiful.

Show times are Tuesday - Thursday, April 24, 25 & 26 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Thursday, April 26 at 1:30. Additionally, Friday-Sunday, April 27 & 28 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinees on April 28 & 29. 

Tickets start at $44 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling (479) 443-5600 or by visiting

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events. For more information, visit

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