For the inaugural installment of the “Billboard on Broadway” pre-Tony Awards video series, the stars of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical stopped by the Billboard office to perform three songs from the show, which won two Tony awards, along with a 2015 Grammy for best musical theater album.
In the video above, Chilina Kennedy, who plays King, sings “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “Natural Woman,” while Jake Epstein, who plays King’s former husband and collaborator Gerry Goffin, sings “Take Good Care of My Baby.”
“A lot of people know Carole King,” Kennedy says, “but a lot of people don’t know that before she became a solo artist she wrote songs for famous acts of the time – the Shirelles, the Drifters. And Gerry Goffin was her first husband and lyricist. The bulk of [the show’s] story is about their troubling, difficult and wonderful collaboration and relationship.” Thursday (Feb. 9) marks King’s 75th birthday.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is currently running on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre and is on national tour as well.
The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards will be announced live on May 2, 2017, from New York City. For more information, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.