Last night, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’s current leading lady Chilina Kennedy celebrated her 1,000th performance ever as Grammy winning singer/songwriter Carole King. During the curtain call at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, the Broadway company surprised her with flowers and balloons along with a speech by leading man Evan Todd who plays King’s collaborator / 1st husband Gerry Goffin.

Following her triumphant Broadway Debut as “Mary Magdalene” in the recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, Canadian native Chillina Kennedy first auditioned for BEAUTIFUL back in 2014 while she was pregnant with her now 4 year old son. After her final audition traveling back to Canada from NYC, Kennedy went into labor. She found out 3 days after giving birth that she booked the job. From there, Kennedy went on to replace the show’s original Tony winning star Jessie Mueller. She has been with the Broadway company ever since earning rave reviews. In addition, Kennedy previously took a small leave of absence from the New York company to join the cast of the National Tour of BEAUTIFUL playing the role in her hometown of Toronto.

Congrats Chillina on 1000 performances as Carole King. You truly are a NATURAL WOMAN. Here’s to many more performances of FEELING THE EARTH MOVE.

Who has seen Chillina in BEAUTIFUL?!

This happened tonight. I was totally surprised! I am so so grateful for this amazing show and this incredible team of collaborators. ❤️

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