Broadway’s ‘Beautiful’ Gets a New Carole King

March 3, 2015 9:05 PM

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Broadway’s ‘Beautiful’ Gets a New Carole King

The facade of the New York’s Stephen Sondheim theater is still plastered in posters of Jessie Mueller, the actress who won a Tony award last year for her portrayal of Carole King in the Broadway musical “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.” But inside the theater, the Canadian actress Chilina Kennedy is perfecting her Brooklyn accent and trying on curly-haired wigs in preparation for taking over the role this week.

Ms. Kennedy will succeed Ms. Mueller on March 7, which means she’ll not only be portraying one of America’s most famous living singer-songwriters, she’ll be filling in for a Tony winner who is given a lot of credit for turning a jukebox musical into a hit that regularly earns more than a million dol...

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