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Abby Mueller to Return to Broadway's Beautiful

Mueller originated the role of Carole King in the show's national tour.

Abby Mueller takes on the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
(© Joan Marcus)

Abby Mueller has been announced to return to the title role in Broadway's Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre beginning August 7. Mueller originated the role of Carole King in the national tour of Beautiful and subsequently played the role on Broadway last year. As previously announced, current star Melissa Benoist will play her final performance in the musical on August 4.

Mueller joins the cast which currently includes Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin, Kara Lindsay as Cynthia Weil, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner, Liz Larsen as Genie Klein, and an ensemble that includes Kennedy Caughell, Adam Dietlein, Kevin Duda, Gabrielle Elisabeth, Matt Faucher, Alex Hairston, Stephanie Martignetti, Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Kris Roberts, Nicolas Ryan, Housso Semon, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Salisha Thomas, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall, and Dashaun Young.

With a book by Douglas McGrath and songs from the catalogue of Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, Beautiful officially opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on January 12, 2014. The show follows the life and career of singer-songwriter King and colleagues Goffin, Mann, and Weil, and features songs including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "One Fine Day," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

The creative team of Beautiful also includes Derek McLane (set design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Charles G. LaPointe (wig and hair design), and Steve Sidwell (orchestrations and music arrangements).