CHILINA KENNEDY TO RETURN TO “BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL” AS SHOW PREPARES TO CELEBRATE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON BROADWAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL”
STARTING THURSDAY, JANUARY 3
AT THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM THEATRE
HIT MUSICAL TO CELEBRATE
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON BROADWAY
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
New York, NY (December 11, 2018) – Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that Chilina Kennedy, who has amazed audiences and critics in both New York and Toronto with her powerhouse performance as the titular character in the Tony®, Olivier®, and Grammy® Award-winning smash hit Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, will return to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre starting Thursday, January 3 as the production prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary on Broadway.
Kennedy has played the role of Carole King a remarkable 1,000 times and heralded for her “soaring voice” (The Globe & Mail) and “an uncanny performance that pulls on your heartstrings” (The Toronto Star).
Current star Abby Mueller will play her final performance un Beautiful on Sunday, December 30.
Kennedy joins the cast which currently includes Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin, Kate Reinders as Cynthia Weil, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner, Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen as Genie Klein, and an ensemble that includes TyNia Brandon, Gabrielle Elisabeth, Matt Faucher, Alex Hairston, Mike Longo, Douglas Lyons, Stephanie Martignetti, Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Elena Ricardo, Nathan Scherich, Housso Semon, Sara Sheperd, Michael Stiggers, Yasmeen Sulieman, Salisha Thomas, Daniel Torres, and Melvin Tunstall.
With a book by Tony and Academy® Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.
For five years, Beautiful, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
From the string of pop classics King wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, chart-busting success with Tapestry, Beautiful takes you back to where it all began – and takes you on the ride of a lifetime.
Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember – and a story you’ll never forget.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight Records), the 2015 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on CD, digitally, and on vinyl.
The creative team of Beautiful also includes Derek McLane (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Charles G. LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Sidwell (orchestrations and music arrangements), Jason Howland (music supervision), and John Miller (music coordination).
On Saturday, January 12, Beautiful will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre while the North American tour marked its third year of standing ovations.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is produced on Broadway by Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish/Trinchero, and Jeremiah J. Harris.
CHILINA KENNEDY (Carole King) returns to Beautiful on Broadway after playing Carole King in the touring production of the show in her hometown of Toronto. Other Broadway: Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar. First national tour: Sophie in Mamma Mia! Selected regional: Pheobe D’Ysquith in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Connecticut and San Diego Critics Circle nominations), Evangeline in Evangeline (original production and album), Ross Petty’s panto The Little Mermaid (Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award), Binky in This Ain’t No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company), Cindy in A Sign of the Times (Delaware Theater Company), three seasons at the Stratford Festival including Maria in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival and The Lord of the Rings (world premiere, Toronto). Chilina is a singer/songwriter with a debut album entitled What You Find in a Bottle. She is also the artistic producer of Eclipse Theatre Company (Toronto). www.chilinakennedy.com
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