Beautiful Tony Nominees Extend Broadway Run as Jessie Mueller Sets Final Bow

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Tony Award nominees Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector, who co-star as songwriting couple Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, respectively, have extended their contracts with the Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical for another year, producers announced Sept. 19. The show's leading lady, Tony winner Jessie Mueller, will exit the production in March 2015. 

Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller Photo by Joan Marcus

Larsen and Spector will continue with Beautiful through September 2015, while Mueller, who earned a Tony Award for her performance, will play her final performance March 6, 2015.

Playbill.com previously reported that Mueller, who will have been with the musical for a year-and-a-half when she departs the show in March, will not star in the national tour as earlier reports had speculated.

A separate London production launches in February 2015 with a U.S. national tour to follow in September.

Beautiful features a book by Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, who collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for "Bullets Over Broadway." He also penned "Infamous" and "Emma." 

Marc Bruni (Pipe Dream, Ordinary Days, Old Jews Telling Jokes) stages the production with choreography by Josh Prince and musical direction by Jason Howland.  Here's how the creators bill the musical: "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."

The cast also features Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner, Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen as Genie Klein and an ensemble that includes Gisela Adisa, Ashley Blanchet, Andrew Brewer, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Gabrielle Reid, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall and Alan Wiggins.

Beautiful is produced by Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish/Trinchero, and Jeremiah J. Harris.

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