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Admit it: You’ve probably mimicked Aretha Franklin and sung “You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman)” in the shower at some point. Or maybe you’ve tearfully swayed to “You’ve Got a Friend” at the end of a wedding, or belted “Where You Lead” while binging Gilmore Girls episodes. For all those musical moments, you can thank Carole King. King was the original teenage songwriting powerhouse, setting her emotions to music in New York’s famous Brill Building decades before Taylor Swift wept about boys in trucks. Beautiful, the jukebox musical that tells the story of King’s life, follows her from her early days collaborating with then-husband Gerry Goffin through her emergence as a solo artist and the release of Tapestry, her landmark 1971 album that’s sold more than 25 million copies in the U.S. alone. The musical’s Broadway production took home two Tony Awards in 2014, including a best actress award for Jessie Mueller’s portrayal of King; Mueller’s sister Abby assumes the role for this national tour. Their performances will impress but it’s King’s songs and their emotional heft that remain the stars of the show. The musical runs Oct. 6 to Oct. 25 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $39–$175. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.