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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical welcomes Chilina Kennedy back to Broadway
Chilina Kennedy reprises the role of Carole King at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
It's "One Fine Day" because Chilina Kennedy returns to the title role of the hit bio-musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre tonight, following her monthlong limited engagement in the Toronto production. Sarah Bockel, star of the show's National Tour, played her final performance in the role on May 5, 2019.
Ms. Kennedy first debuted as Carole King in March 2015. Prior to this, she appeared in the National Tour of Mamma Mia! and made her Broadway debut as Mary Magdalene in the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. She also appeared off-Broadway in Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere musical This Ain't No Disco in the summer of 2018.
The current principal cast of Beautiful includes Chilina Kennedy (as Carole King), Evan Todd (as Gerry Goffin), Kara Lindsay (as Cynthia Weil), Ben Jacoby (as Barry Mann), Paul Anthony Stewart (as Don Kirshner), and Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen (as Genie Klein).
Directed by Marc Bruni, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical features music by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, with a book by Douglas McGrath.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical officially opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on January 12, 2014, following previews from November 21, 2013.
Synopsis: "Beautiful charts the rise of the famous singer-songwriter as she goes from being Carol Klein, a simple girl from Brooklyn to an international recording artist. It shows her fighting her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll."
The creative team features choreography by Josh Prince, scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, and sound design by Brian Ronan.
Beautiful received two Tony Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including "Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical" for the show's original star Jessie Mueller, who also sang live with Carole King at the awards.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is produced on Broadway by Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tickets are available now for performances through to January 5, 2020.
(Photo by Joan Marcus)