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Toronto: Chilina Kennedy returns to star in “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” April 9-May 5, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that Toronto’s Chilina Kennedy will return to her hometown, recreating her Broadway role in the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Kennedy, will join the first national tour in this exclusive encore engagement for Toronto –April 9 – May 5, 2019 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Kennedy, who has played the title role on Broadway over 1,000 times, previously took a brief hiatus from the Broadway company to headline the show in Toronto in the summer of 2017.
Says Kennedy, “I am so excited to be coming home to Toronto to play Carole King in Beautiful, this time at the Princess of Wales Theatre! I love this show and I think audiences will be blown away by both the music and the powerful story.”
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. The show recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (125 West 43 Street), where it has broken all box office records and is the highest grossing production in the Theatre’s history.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight Records) won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and is available on CD, digitally, and on vinyl. BEAUTIFUL launched its first US National Tour in September 2015.
BEAUTIFUL 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 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).
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.
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
Photo: Chilina Kennedy as Carole King. © 2018 Joseph Marzullo.