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Theater Gone Wrong: Anika Larsen Dodges a Beautiful Disaster

When you play a lyricist, things get stressful when you forget the words.

Anika Larsen has only a little over a month at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre before she exits her Tony-nominated role as lyricist Cynthia Weil in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical. As she prepares to bid farewell to Broadway, she looks back at an early onstage panic where a song verse slipped from her mind at a particularly inopportune moment. The consummate professional, she scraped her way back onto the right side of the cliff before the audience could realize she was mid-plummet — but she may have shortened her life span by a few years in the process.