A NEW “CAROLE” SINGS

Carole King made “the earth move” under our feet and wove a “Tapestry” of tales in her music. Now, actress Chilina Kennedy channels the songstress as the latest actress to fill her shoes in Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”.

Aired on April 3, 2019. 

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♪ ♪ YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL ♪ YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL AS YOU FEEL

> FOR FIVE YEARS 'BEAUTIFUL' HAS THRILLED BROADWAY WITH THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF ONE WOMAN'S REMARKABLE JOURNEY FROM TEENAGE SONG WRITER TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

FEATURING SUCH HITS AS 'IT IS TOO LATE,' 'NATURAL WOMAN,' AMONG DOZENS OF OTHERS.

CAROL KING MADE A SURPRISE APPEARANCE IN THE JANUARY 12th EVENING SHOW AND PERFORMED DURING THE SHOW'S FINAL --. JOINING HER ON STAGE AT THE CURTAIL CALL WAS CHILINA KENNEDY WHO HAS TAKEN ON THE MUSICAL LEGEND FOR OVER A THOUSAND PERFORMANCES OF 'BEAUTIFUL.'

♪ ♪ EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET

DELIGHTED TO HAVE HER HERE WITH US.

SO NICE TO MEET YOU.

NICE TO BE HERE.

MY WIFE AND I SAW THE SHOW ABOUT A WEEK AGO.

AND IT WAS JUST FABULOUS.

IT WAS, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE EXPECTATIONS AND IT IS ALWAYS GREAT WHEN SOMETHING EXCEEDS YOUR HIGH EXPECTATIONS.

AND THIS SHOW DID.

IT WAS A SOUND TRACK OF OUR LIVE.

GROWING UP IN THE SIXTY AS A TEENAGER AND OVERWHELMED BY SONG AFTER SONG HERE.

LET ME ASK YOU FIRST ABOUT THE 5th ANNIVERSARY AND CAROL KING SHOWING UP ON STAGE.

YOU ARE SINGING WITH HER AND TAKING BOWS.

DOING 'I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE' AND THE WHOLE CROWD ON THEIR FEET.

DID YOU KNOW SHE WAS GOING TO BE THERE.

I DID.

YEAH, OF COURSE WE HAD TO REHEARSE AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY KNEW AND WE HAD TO REHEARSE TOGETHER.

SO I FOUND OUT A FEW DAYS BEFOREHAND AND IT WAS SO TOUGH TO KEEP THE SECRET.

I WAS VERY EXCITED.

IMAGINE DIFFICULT.

WHAT WERE YOU THOUGHTS?

NOW YOU HAVE BEEN PORTRAYING HER AND NOW YOU ARE STANDING NEXT TO HER AND SINGING WITH HER.

WE HAD DONE THAT ONCE TOGETHER.

WE HAD DONE 'I FEEL THE EARTH M MOVE' BEFORE AND I HAD MET HER.

BUT THIS WAS DIFFERENT.

JUST HER AND I AND WE BLOCKED IT OUT AND REHEARSED IT.

SEEING HER PLAY HERSELF, ESPECIALLY AFTER THAT FINAL SCENE, THAT MOVING SCENE BETWEEN JERRY AND I WHERE HE SAYS SORRY AND THEN SHE COMES OUT ON THE PIANO.

IT WAS THE FIRST I'VE BEEN ABLE TO STAND BACK AND WATCH HER TAKE ON THAT MOMENT IN THE SHOW.

AND I WEPT.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I ACTUALLY -- I CRIED MY EYES OUT BACKSTAGE BEFORE I JOINED HER.

IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

LOOKED LIKE AN EXTRAORDINARY REACTION BY THE AUDIENCE.

IT WAS, I THINK IF SHE'D WAITED ANY LONGER WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUE.

THEY FLIPPED OUT.

GREAT.

YEAH.

BACK TO WHEN YOU FIRST TOOK OVER THAT ROLE.

HOW MUCH ABOUT CAROL KING DID YOU KNOW?

I DIDN'T KNOW VERY MUCH.

I WAS SORT OF EMBARRASSED I DIDN'T KNOW MORE.

I DIDN'T REALIZE SHE'D WRITTEN ALL THOSE HITS.

WHEN I STARTED DIGGING I BECAME EVEN BIGGER FAN.

I REMEMBER PUTTING ON TAPESTRY AND LISTENING TO HER BUT I DIDN'T QUITE REALIZE THE BREADTH OF HER GENES.

I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT OF HER SONGS BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE THE DRIFTERS DOING SOME AND I SAID, I NEVER KNEW THAT SHE WROTE FOR THE DRIFTERS AND THE MONKEES.

YEAH.

AND TO SEE THE REACTION AROUND US.

AND EVERYBODY AROUND US, OH GOD I REMEMBER THAT.

I WAS 18 WHEN THIS CAME OUT OR WHENEVER IT WAS.

IT IS SO EVOCATIVE.

MUSIC IS EVOCATIVE ANYWAY.

THAT SENSE MEMORY IS SO POWERFUL.

PEOPLE GREET ME ALL THE TIME AND SAY, YOU KNOW, THIS SONG IS POPULAR WHEN I WAS ON A ROAD TRIP WHERE MY BEST FRIEND AND THIS IS WHAT THIS SONG MEANS TO ME, OR I WAS GOING THROUGH THIS TIME IN MY LIFE.

AND I SEE GENERATIONS COMING TO THE SHOW.

GRANDMOTHER, MOTHERS AND CHILDREN AND WHAT THAT MUSIC MEANS TO ALL OF THEM IN SUCH DIFFERENT WAYS.

IT IS REALLY COOL.

AND WHAT DO YOU THINK?

AND YOU ARE -- BUT FOR A BROADWAY SHOW TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL AS THIS IS.

IT IS A TOUGH SLOG FOR BROADWAY SHOWS TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

YOU ARE FIVE YEARS IN AND STILL GOING STRONG HERE.

WHY DO YOU THINK?

WELL I THINK, YOU KNOW, YOU SAID IT WITH THE MUSIC.

I THINK THE MUSIC IS A BIG PART.

AND HOW PEOPLE ARE TOUCHED BY FIRST OF ALL THAT TIME IN THEIR LIVES WHAT MUSIC MEANS TO THEM PERSONALLY.

BUT THEY ARE JUST GREAT SONGS.

THE SHOW STANDS ALONE JUST ON THE MUSIC AND THEN YOU'D IN HER STORY.

AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR PEOPLE AND HOW PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO WHAT SCHOOES BEEN THROUGH AND HER SHYNESS AND FEAR AND THE DIFFICULT TIMES IN HER MARRIAGE.

AND FRIENDSHIP.

IT IS ALSO A STORY OF THE LOVING FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THOSE FOUR WRITERS.

YEAH.

AND AGAIN SOMETHING I I DIDN'T KNOW.

I KNEW HOW SUCCESSFUL THE OTHERS WERE BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HOW CLOSE THEY WERE.

AND YOU ARE SEEING THIS SORT OF COMPETITION ON THE STAGE THAT YET THEY WERE SUCH DEAR FRIENDS.

THEY WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE VACATIONS TOGETHER TO TRY TO, YOU KNOW, DISCOURAGE THE OTHERS FROM WRITING SO THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD BE TOGETHER.

I LOVE SOME OF THE LINES.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

OH GOD I LOVE IT IT'S GREAT.

AWESOME.

A THOUSAND PERFORMANCES.

MORE THAN A THOUSAND PERFORMANCES.

IS THERE A POINT WHERE YOU'VE DONE IT SO MANY TIMES THAT YOU ARE NOT EVEN THINKING ABOUT YOUR LINES ANYMORE?

ARE THEY JUST ESSENTIALLY THEY BECOME PART OF YOU?

YES.

THAT IS A GREAT WAY OF SAYING IT.

THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT.

SOMETIMES I SCARE MYSELF BECAUSE IT IS NOW SUCH PART OF WHAT FEELS LIKE MY OWN DNA.

THEY JUST BECOME YOUR THOUGHTS.

YOU DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ANYMORE.

IN FACT WHEN I CAME BACK TO THE SHOW JUST RECENTLY I WENT THROUGH MY LINES AT HOME.

I THOUGHT TO MYSELF MY GOSH.

THIS IS ALL SONT.MA AS SOON AS I WENT INTO THE SHOW WITH THE WIG, THE COSTUMES BEING IN THE LIGHTING WITHED THE SAME THOUGHT PROCESS AND A PEOPLE AROUND YOU.

IT WAS ALL LIKE I'D NEVER LEFT.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

THE OLD -- IT IS LIKE RIDING A BIKE.

NEVER FORGET IT.

YEAH.

WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING A ROLE ABOUT PERSON.

LIKE A BIO SHOW.

COMING INTO IT.

ARE YOU LOOKING TO BASICALLY TRY TO REPLICATE TO MIMIC THAT PERSON?

OR IS THAT JUST SORT OH OF A ROAD MAP FOR YOU?

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SOMEONE WHO IS ICONIC WHO IS STILL ALIVE?

THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION.

AND STILL VISIBLE.

AND SHE MEANS SO MUCH TO SO MANY PEOPLE AND IN CULTURE IN PARTICULAR.

FOR ME WHAT MAKES THE ROLE SO POWERFUL IS THAT SHE IS COMING THERE THANK YOU LENS OF ME.

SO THERE IS A HEALTHY DOSE OF ME TRYING TO CAPTURE HER, HER MANNERISMS, SUPPRESSIONS.

WITHOUT DOING A CAKETURE.

I WANT IT TO BE TRUTHFUL.

SO THERE ARE CERTAIN PARSE OF MYSELF I CONNECT WITH HER SO I TRY TO FUSE THOSE THINGS.

I TELL PEOPLE SHE'S YELLOW AND I'M RED.

MY VERSION OF HER IS GOING TO BE SOMEWHERE ORANGE.

SOMETIMES A LITTLE MORE TOWARDS THE YELLOW AND ENZYMES A LITTLE MORE TOWARDS THE RED.

LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE ALL HAVING FUN ON THE STAGE.

WE REALLY ARE.

AND WE LOVE EACH OTHER.

YOU GET THAT SENSE.

MY GUESS IS THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.

YOU HOPE ARE IT TO BE THE CASE.

IT IS NOT ALWAYS.

WITH OUR SHOW I THINK THEY HAVE A KNACK OF HIRING KIND, GOOD, WELL-INTENTIONED PEOPLE.

SO WE ALL GET ALONG BRILLIANTLY.

IT IS INTERESTING THAT YOU CAN SENSE THAT.

YOU REALLY CAN SEE THAT ON THE STAGE.

AS I SAID BEFORE IT IS JUST A MAVE MARVELOUS SHOW.

YOU ARE FABULOUS IT IN.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

SUCH A GREAT JOB.

I'M SURE CAROL KING WAS DELIGHTED TO GET THE CHANCE TO PERFORM WITH YOU.

SHE'S A LOT OF FUN.

A HOOT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND LOOK FORWARD TO WHATEVER YOU DO DOWN THE ROAD.

THANKS.

THANKS CHILINA A A PLEASURE.

AND 'BEAUTIFUL' IS PLAYING AT THE STEVEN SONDHEIM THEATER.

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