PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Beautiful's Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector Pick Carole King Favorites

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21 May 2014

Carole King
Carole King

The Tony Award-nominated Beautiful: The Carole King Musical features the music of Barry Mann, Carole King, Cynthia Weil and Gerry Goffin. Here, the actors who embody the show's songwriters pick their favorite songs by Carole King as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

Beautiful stars Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil and Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann. Mueller, Larsen and Spector were Tony-nominated for their performances.

The musical also received nods for Best Sound Design of a Musical (Brian Ronan), Best Orchestrations (Steve Sidwell), Best Book (Douglas McGrath) and Best Musical.

Here, Mueller, Epstein, Larsen and Spector, via email, share their favorite tunes by King and tell us why they made the list. 

Based on King's life and music, Beautiful began previews Nov. 21, 2013, prior to an official opening Jan. 12 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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."



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