Every Thursday, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowensums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

BEAUTIFUL—THE CAROLE KING MUSICALplaying at the Boston Opera House through Nov. 15

Synopsis: A Tony Award-winning musical, “Beautiful,” traces the rise of Carol Klein, a young Jewish girl living in Brooklyn, who would become the world-famous singer known as Carole King. King is played by Abby Mueller—older sister of Jessie Mueller, who won the Tony for her 2014 rendition. 

Jared says: "You're getting all of this great music, but you're also getting it in the context in which she created…It's a really, really fun story, and the star of this show is Abby Mueller…She's resplendent." 

CHOICE, presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, at the Calderwood Pavilion, through Nov. 15

Synopsis: “Wicked” writer Winnie Holzman takes on journalism, abortion, middle age and choice in her first straight-play dramedy.

Jared says: “This is very heavy subject matter for what ultimately is a very funny and entertaining play.” 

SPOTLIGHT, limited release Friday; expands Friday, Nov. 13

Synopsis: With a star-studded cast, “Spotlight” dramatizes the Boston Globe “Spotlight” team’s 2002 investigation into the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal.

Jared says: “What has just blown my mind here is how phenomenal this film is … The directors and screenwriters here really managed to get the tone of what was happening in this city at the time.” 

SPECTRE, in theaters Friday

Synopsis: Picking the story up just after “Skyfall” (2012), “Spectre” follows James Bond (Daniel Craig) as he travels to Mexico and Rome, following a cryptic message, and discovers a sinister organization.

Jared says: “It’s very old-school James Bond-style filmmaking. … It feels like those sets from the 1960s—great big sets, great costumes, the great cars.”

Looking for more arts coverage? This weekend on Open Studio, the Addison Gallery of American Art looks back at the relationship between Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt; then composer Philip Glass reflects on a lifetime of music-making.