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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

At 75, composer and singer-songwriter Carole King has a lifetime of accomplishments to look back on, not the least of which is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, playing now on Broadway, with a touring version opening Oct. 11 at the Hult. King’s songs define an era. “You’ve Got a Friend”, “So Far Away”, “I Feel the Earth Move” — she’s from-another-planet good, having written more than 100 billboard hits between 1955 and 1999. From recording early demos with another Brooklyn hopeful named Paul Simon, to authoring plenty of ’60s hits, to finding her own inimitable sound, Beautiful follows King’s musical journey. King’s music is part of the feminist soundtrack. And if you were a child in the 1970s, her iconic “Really Rosie” songs taught you everything you would ever need to know. And she’s still fired up, recently releasing a new version of her 1982 song “One Small Voice,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Emperor’s New Clothes, as a statement of protest against Donald Trump’s presidency. 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical plays at 7:30 pm Oct. 11-12, 8 pm Oct. 13, 2 pm and 8 pm Oct. 14 and 1 pm and 6:30 pm Oct. 15. $48-$83, tickets at hultcenter.org. — Rachael Carnes