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Surefire songs, vibrant cast are key to 'Beautiful,' the musical about Carole King

Surefire songs, vibrant cast are key to 'Beautiful,' the musical about Carole King

The genre known as the jukebox musical is so firmly planted that it just keeps on producing offshoots. Each new sprout may not be all that distinguishable from previous ones, but the right combination of popular songs and at least a thread of a story line can be enough to spell fresh success at the box office.

Case in point: "Beautiful." This musical, with a book by Douglas McGrath, offers a look at the early career of Carole King, from her days writing hits for others to her leap into the solo spotlight and her best-selling "Tapestry" album in 1971.

The show opened on Broadway in January 2014 and continues to run there. A recently launched national tour...

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