Abby Mueller, who originated the role of Carole King in the First National tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and subsequently played the role on Broadway, will return to the production on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Muller succeeds current star Melissa Benoist who plays her final performance in the musical on Saturday evening, August 4.
Mueller’s theatre credits include Kinky Boots (Broadway), A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), School of Rock (Off-Broadway Workshop, Gramercy Theatre). Regional: Abigail Adams in 1776 (American Conservatory Theater and Asolo Rep); Fantine in Les Miserables, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and the Narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Fulton Theatre);
With a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical features a wide array of popular songs written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, as well as songs by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The jukebox musical is directed by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Josh Prince. The Broadway production is now in its fifth year, with a National Tour celebrating its third year.
“Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.”
When Mueller enters the production at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre, she will join current cast members Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin, Kara Lindsay as Cynthia Weil, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner, Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen as Genie Klein, and an ensemble that includes Kennedy Caughell, Adam Dietlein, Kevin Duda, Gabrielle Elisabeth, Matt Faucher, Alex Hairston, Stephanie Martignetti, Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Kris Roberts, Nicolas Ryan, Housso Semon, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Salisha Thomas, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall, and Dashaun Young.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.