DENVER (CBS4) – The Broadway musical, “Beautiful”, opens for one week at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It’s the story of singer/ songwriter Carole King and the prolific body of music she produced.

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“I’ve never identified so much with a role,” said Sarah Bockel, the actress who plays King in the touring production of “Beautiful”.

Bockel said she’s thrilled to play the music icon on stage.

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“She’s down to earth, she’s grounded, she’s goofy, and nerdy, and she kind of just sort of blurts out whatever she’s thinking. Yeah, she’s so fun to be. I identify with her a lot,” Bockel told CBS4.

Audiences may be surprised by just how many of Carole King’s songs they identify with, like “Natural Woman”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, and “I Feel the Earth Move.”

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“My favorite song is ‘It’s Too Late’. I know it’s a sad one, but I think it’s the grooviest,” Bockel explained.

King has written 118 pop hits between 1955 and 1999. The musical focuses on her time writing with her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, and songwriting team, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, who were also married. The musical features many of King’s hits from that time.

“I feel like we’re creating a new generation of Carole King fans,” Bockel said.

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Bockel said that in addition to the music, there is a compelling story of what was going on behind-the-scenes between the two couples.  And, that the whole experience comes with a strong message.

“There’s nothing that can get in the way of you achieving your goals but you,” Bockel said.

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“Beautiful” plays at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday through Sunday.