TV and stage actor Evan Todd will join the Broadway cast of Beautiful—The Carole King Musical as King’s songwriter first husband and writing partner Gerry Goffin on March 7.
He will join Abby Mueller, who recently completed a run as star of the touring company of Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, and who will graduate to the title role in the Broadway company starting the same day. She is the sister of the show’s original star, Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, who is currently starring in Waitress.
Todd, who takes over from original Broadway cast member Jake Epstein, returns to the New York stage after his debut in Heathers at New World Stages. Known for Disney’s Liv and Maddie, he also starred in 4th Man Out, and has been seen in films such as Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Damsel, and ABC Family’s Switched at Birth.
Mueller will step into the role of Carole King as the current star, Chilina Kennedy, takes a break to headline the show in her hometown of Toronto June 27–August 20. Kennedy is scheduled to return to the Broadway company following the Toronto run. Mueller made her Broadway debut as an understudy in Kinky Boots, and took over several roles including Pat and Trish.
Beautiful —The Carole King Musical opened January 12, 2014, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York. In addition to Kennedy, the current Broadway cast features Jessica Keenan Wynn 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 Gisela Adisa, Douglas Carpenter, Rebecca Covington, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Rob Marnell, Gabrielle Reid, Nicholas Ryan, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Kimber Sprawl, Yasmeen Sulieman, Nasia Thomas, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall, and Alan Wiggins.
Beautiful tickets can be ordered via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or in person at the Sondheim Theatre box office at 124 West 43rd Street in Manhattan.