On Saturday, January 12, 2019, rock and roll icon Carole King surprised the audience at Beautiful, by taking the stage of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre as the hit musical celebrates its fifth anniversary on Broadway.
For the first time in the show’s history, King stepped into the role of herself and performed the show’s final moment which recreates her now iconic 1971 Carnegie Hall concert and sang “Beautiful” at the piano. When the stunned audience recognized the music legend, they immediately leapt to their feet with many singing along to the anthem of female strength and self-worth with tears in their eyes.
King then joined the cast during the curtain call, making her bow alongside Chilina Kennedy, who plays the role of Carole. After King and the cast performed the show’s encore number, “I Feel The Earth Move,” she took a moment to thank the audience for helping make Beautiful a worldwide phenomenon.