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Lovely photos of the Beautiful cast by @bruceglikas for @playbill.
Lovely photos of the Beautiful cast by @bruceglikas for @playbill.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” stars + CA wishes from Hollywood.
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Chilina Kennedy at Breathe Special Screening in New York 10/09/2017
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Chilina Kennedy, Ryan Silverman, and More Canadian Talent Will Sing for Puerto Rico.
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The evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below will raise money for relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.
Canada’s top Broadway talent will join forces October 30 at Feinstein’s/54 Below to raise money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Proceeds from BLAME CANADA!: Canada Sings for Puerto Rico will be donated to the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program run by the Hispanic Federation.
The concert will feature Astrid Van Wieren and Susan Dunstan, who currently star in Come From Away, as well as Nicolas Dromard (Jersey Boys), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Jeigh Madjus (Here Lies Love), Ryan Silverman (Side Show), Jacqui Sirois, Evan Alexander Smith (Dirty Dancing), Liam Tobin (Beautiful), and Danielle Wade (winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Over The Rainbow). Music direction is by Rick Fox (Doctor Zhivago); show time is 9:30 PM.
The evening will showcase the best in new Canadian musical theatre, highlighting music by members of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective. Attendees can expect songs by Sankoff & Hein (Come From Away), Neil Bartram (The Story of My Life, The Theory of Relativity), Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal (Prom Queen), and a performance by composer Corey Payette with music from his new show Children of God.
“We are deeply saddened by the events in Puerto Rico,” producers of the benefit said in a statement. “The devastation is far reaching and more needs to be done. From one community to another, we want to do our part to support the recovery and relief efforts.”
There is a $25–$35 cover charge and a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at 54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4 PM are available by calling (646) 476-3551.
Chilina Kennedy at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market! See it here: https://goo.gl/UxqcHm
The heart of New York City’s theatre district pulsed with the energy of thousands of theatre lovers on Sunday, September 24, 2017, as the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction blew past previous grand totals and raised $1,023,309 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway fans reveled in all things theatre as they searched for rare memorabilia, met their favorite performers and bid on one-of-a-kind experiences. The day-long celebration featured 57 tables, 74 of Broadway’s brightest stars and 212 live and silent auction items.
This year’s grand total was the first to pass the million-dollar mark, far surpassing last year’s then-record of $782,081. The 31 editions of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have collectively raised $13.6 million.
“I’m absolutely thrilled by this year’s jaw-dropping grand total,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “To raise more than a million dollars for the most vulnerable among us reminds us once again of how strong the heart and humanity are of everyone in theatre – onstage, backstage and in the audience. Every dollar raised means that men, women and children in our theatre community and across the country will see a tomorrow that includes healthy meals, lifesaving medication or emergency financial assistance. I am particularly glad the extraordinary total will enable Broadway Cares to increase support for our hurricane relief efforts in the name of the Broadway community.”
Along West 44th and West 45th Streets and filling Shubert Alley, fans added pieces to ever-growing theatrical collections from tables representing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, theatre owners and producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs.
Unique finds included a Dear Evan Hansen arm cast signed by Tony Award nominee Mike Faist as Connor, earrings made from chandelier crystals from the set of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Reynolds Pamphlet props used onstage in Hamilton and a bass guitar signed by the entire cast of School of Rock – The Musical.
“I love everything about the Broadway Flea Market,” fan Tracy Danoff from Maryland said, who picked up a Fiddler on the Roof poster signed by the entire 2016 revival cast. “For people who love finding cool and new Broadway treasures, there’s no place like it.”
Additional casting has been announced for the industry festival of new musicals.
Additional casting has been announced for The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 29th annual festival of new musicals. Among the new cast members are Broadway actors Danielle Lee Greaves (A Streetcar Named Desire), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Janine LaManna (The Drowsy Chaperone), Chris McCarrell (Les Misérables), Kevyn Morrow (Bandstand), John Rubinstein (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Hannah Shankman (Side Show), Jenna Ushkowitz (Waitress), and NaTasha Yvette Williams (A Night with Janis Joplin).
They join the previously announced Ciara Renée, George Salazar, Adam Chanler-Berat, Will Roland, and more. NAMT will kick off October 18 with the return of its concert show, The 46th Minute, and will run October 19–20 at New World Stages.
The industry-only event will showcase eight new musicals, selected out of 240 blind submissions, with a roster of songwriters, book writers, and lyricists that includes David Darrow, Daniel Zaitchik, Niko Tsakalakos, Imani Uzuri, Oran Eldor, and more.
Every year, the industry-only event presents new works in development to producers and artists from around the world. Musicals at the festival are presented in 45-minute concert presentations over two days.
Additional casting also includes English Bernhardt (If/Then), Melody Betts (The Sound of Music), Cat Brindisi (South Pacific), Brennan James Caldwell (Baghdaddy), Lincoln Clauss (Burn All Night), Jon-Viktor Corpuz (The King and I), Laura Dadap (Voca People), Rachel De Benedet (Catch Me if You Can), Trista Dollison (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Alphonse Gonzales, Alan H. Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mallory Hawks (Suessical), John Hillner (La Cage aux Folles), Bre Jackson (The Color Purple), Emily Jenda (The Book of Mormon), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), Esco Jouléy (The Demise), Nikko Kimzin (West Side Story), Andrew Kober (Sunday in the Park with George), Samia Mounts, Mike Nappi (The Wildest, Chicago), Larry Owens (Spamilton), Isabella Russo (The School of Rock- The Musical), Jennifer Sanchez (Sunday in the Park with George), Ian Saraceni (The King and I), Iris Sharp, Antoine L. Smith (Miss Saigon, The Color Purple), Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn), David Shih (KPOP), Ryan Vona (Paramour), Akron Watson (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple), Max Wilcox (Gigantic), and Kevin Zak (Clinton The Musical).
From musicals with mythical proportions to tales inspired by real-life events, visit NAMT.org/festival for the complete festival lineup.
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On September 12, Chilina Kennedy will return to the title role of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which she previously played from 2015-17 — the longest-running Carole King on Broadway. She will replace Abby Mueller, who will end her run on Sunday, September 10.
In addition, Kara Lindsay, who recently played Glinda in Wicked, will play the role of Cynthia Weil starting September 12 through December 31, replacing Sara King.
With a book by Douglas McGrath and songs from the Gerry Goffin / Carole King / Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil catalogue, Beautiful officially opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on January 12, 2014. The show follows the life and career of singer-songwriter King and colleagues Goffin, Mann, and Weil, and features songs including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “One Fine Day,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
The rest of the cast includes Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner, and Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. The ensemble includes Kerissa Arrington, Britney Coleman, Adam Dietlein, Kevin Duda, Rosharra Francis, Laurel Harris, Jesse Hooker Bailey, Sara King, Rob Marnell, Paris Nix, Kris Roberts, Nicholas Ryan, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall, Alan Wiggins, and Dashaun Young.
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From the Great White Way to across the pond on the West End, the story of Carole King has continued to inspire audiences to find their true voice with timeless music sung by talented leading ladies.
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. She sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, at just 17. By the time she was 20 she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including The Drifters, The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and The Monkees. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her own voice and step into the spotlight, becoming the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century with music that would become the soundtrack of a generation.
Beautiful opened on Broadway in January 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, where it won two Tony Awards and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The Broadway production has broken every box office record at the theatre, recently becoming the highest grossing show in the venue’s history. The London production opened in February 2015, winning two Olivier Awards and the US touring production is currently wowing audiences throughout the country.
On Broadway, three talented ladies have portrayed the ‘natural woman’: Jessie Mueller, Abby Mueller, and Chilina Kennedy. On the West End, Katie Brayben and Cassidy Janson played the title role. Following the close of the West End production, Bronte Barbe will lead Beautiful across the UK and Ireland. Starting in September, Esther Hannaford will star in the Australian production.
BroadwayWorld take a look back on the Beautiful leading ladies and where they are now!
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When Paul Blake, the producer of Beautiful, asked me if I wanted to write a Broadway musical about Carole King, her ex-husband and lyricist, Gerry Goffin, and their fellow songwriters, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, there was something I had to know before I could commit.
“Are they all alive?” I asked.
Actually, that sounded like bad news. I had once worked on a screenplay about a real person whose vanity was so advanced that he would not let me portray him as anything less than thrillingly perfect which took all the struggle, and thus drama, out of his story. Audiences aren’t interested in characters without flaws – even Achilles had that tendon trouble.
But Paul kept after me, constantly telling me things that might entice me. He reminded me that the songwriters had had their offices at 1650 Broadway, one of the two buildings people mean when they refer to the legendary Brill Building sound. (The Brill Building was down the street at 1619 Broadway.) These buildings had once been the province of the classic American songwriters of the Tin Pan Alley age and then, in the ’50s, became the place where kids came to create rock’n’roll. Maybe there was something in that clash, the old being ousted by the new? Carole, Barry and Cynthia were coming to New York to interview book writers. “Come meet them,” Paul said. “They’re a lot of fun.”
So I went and he was right, they were a lot of fun. I was so at ease, I told them my idea, and I could feel as I told it that it was right: a musical about kids chasing out the old guard so they could create the new sound of rock’n’roll. Carole’s face lit up. I knew I had nailed it. She leaned forward to share her reaction.
“That,” she said warmly, taking my hand, “is completely wrong.”
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One of the biggest tourist draws in Toronto this summer has been Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which is based on the life of of the iconic singer-songwriter.
It won two Tonys during its Broadway run and back in June, we talked to Chilina Kennedy who took over the lead role on Broadway and is now starring in the Canadian show.
A big part of the musical focuses on King’s early career when she writing songs in New York’s famed Brill Building and at Aldon Music, in Times Square, with her then husband, Gerry Goffin.
But if you’ve seen the musical, or if you know anything about that golden era of songwriting, then you’ll realize that King and Goffin weren’t alone. Songwriters of that era worked side by side in cubicles, drawing inspiration from and competing with each other for the next big hit. And in the cubicle next to King and Goffin was another young married couple who became their best friends — and their rivals. Rivals, because that couple — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil — also wrote dozens and dozens of hits including the Righteous Brothers’ classic “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin.”
In addition to that song, Mann and Weil are responsible for classics such as “Sometimes When we Touch,” “Don’t Know Much,” “Somewhere Out There,” “Blame it on the Bossa Nova” and “On Broadway,” to name only a few.
In the musical Beautiful, Mann and Weil’s story is interwoven with King and Goffin’s. In fact, they’ve been involved with the show almost since it began.
The couple talked to Tom Power about their long career, their 56-year marriage and what it’s like to see their past come to life onstage.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is onstage in Toronto until Sept. 3.
— Produced by Dawna Dingwall