Carole King too shy to watch her own Broadway musical

Veteran singer/songwriter Carole King is refusing to watch a new Broadway musical based on her hugely successful career, because she was “very reluctant” to have her life story played out on stage, according to her daughter. Actress Jessie Mueller has been winning rave reviews for her portrayal of the You’ve Got A Friend hitmaker in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ever since it opened earlier this month (Jan14), but the shy icon’s manager daughter, Sherry Goffin, admits her mum still doesn’t feel comfortable in the public eye – so she has chosen to stay away.
Goffin, who helped to bring the show to fruition, tells the New York Daily News, “She’s always been a private person and very publicity-shy. She values her home life more than she values her stardom.
“She was very reluctant to let this (musical) happen, and God bless her, she put her trust in me and said, ‘I’m going to let this happen, I’m putting this in your hands, I’m trusting you.'”
However, King has still shown her support for the musical online – prior to opening night, she sent her best wishes to the show’s cast, along with her songwriting partners Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.
In a post on, she wrote, “The real Goffin & King, Mann & Weil wish the whole company of Beautiful a great opening night and a long, joyous run!”