Theater review: ‘Beautiful’ tells backstory of hits written by Carole King

Sarah Bockel as Carole King in “Beautiful” at Ogunquit Playhouse. Photo by Gary Ng

“She wrote all those other songs, too!” was a common refrain heard among music fans shortly after Carole King’s superb 1971 album “Tapestry” catapulted her to fame.

People who wondered how this extraordinarily talented singer-songwriter seemed to just suddenly appear out of nowhere soon learned that, though she was not quite 30 years old, King was already a music business veteran who had written or co-written many of the greatest hit songs of the previous decade, all to be performed by others.

“Beautiful The Carole King Musical,” now in its regional premiere run at the Ogunquit Playhouse, offers a bit of detail (book by Douglas McGrath) on the life and career of the award-winning artist as well as providing a richly entertaining musical trip down memory lane to a time when American popular music filled the ears of a new…

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