Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Welcomes A New Mueller Lead by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will welcome Abby Mueller in the title role as the legendary Carole King. Abby recently completed a run in the title role with the US touring company of Beautiful. She will join the Broadway company starting March 7, 2017. She is the sister of the show’s original star, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, who is currently starring in Waitress,alsoon Broadway.
Carole King, The 70th Annual Tony Awards, NY, June 12, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Abby Mueller will step into the role of Carole King as the current star, Chilina Kennedy, leaves to star in Beautiful in her hometown of Toronto June 27, 2017 –August 20, 2017. Chilina is scheduled to return to the Broadway company following the Toronto run. Abby Mueller made her Broadway debut as an understudy in Kinky Boots, and took over several roles including Pat and Trish.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector, and others. The musical opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on January 12, 2014, after previews from November 12, 2013. In addition to Mueller as King, the original cast featured Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil and Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann. Carole King, herself, attended the April 3, 2014 performance and appeared on stage with the cast at the curtain call, singing “You’ve Got a Friend” together with them.
The original production of Beautiful received its world premiere at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco, in October 2013, with direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, and starred Jessie Mueller and Jake Epstein as Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Its Broadway debut directly followed, with a West End London production starring Katie Brayben as Carole beginning in February 2015. The musical began a U.S. tour starting in September 2015. The U.K. Tour (2017-18) will begin in September 2017 at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, ending at the New Theatre in Oxford in May 2018. Further venues and casting is to be announced.
Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller who played the original role of Carole King on Broadway. Photograph by Lisa Pacino, 2012.
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