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Toronto¬†Contributor Taylor Long reviews BEAUTIFUL – THE Carole King MUSICAL. He writes “Chilina Kennedy is Carole King. I had to remind myself to distinguish between the two during Kennedy’s polished portrayal. Even after two years of playing the role on Broadway, Kennedy’s performance feels fresh. From the moment she steps onto the stage (So Far Away), her nuanced performance embodies King’s mannerisms – climaxing in the show’s title number (Beautiful). The title role demands an interesting vocal technique from its star. In an effort to mimic King’s sound, the leading lady needs to manipulate her voice into a pressed, straight belt throughout the show. The line, “and I’ll be there” in You’ve Got a Friend is a perfect example of this. Adopting that Carole King sound can be extremely challenging – unless you’re Chilina Kennedy.”