Backstage on Broadway: ‘Beautiful’ new way to hear Carole King show

From singing with the legendary Carole King to taking home a Tony, Jessie Mueller is a natural woman who knows no limits.

PIX11 anchor, Tamsen Fadal, caught up with the star of Broadway’s ‘Beautiful.’

“It wasn’t really until I got the part in the show that I really became a fan of hers,” Jessie Mueller, who plays Carole King, said. “I’ve got a lot of her albums, most of them on vinyl too so it’s fun because I’m still finding it, I’m still learning about her music and it doesn’t get old.”

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Neither does the story of when the two met.

“We were collecting for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids,” Jessie explained. “Then these gasps started coming from the audience and I saw Carole walking on from stage right with a microphone.”

Carole King spoke about what she thought about the show.

“I’ve been working up to coming, I haven’t seen the show, this is my first night,” Carole said. “You know the word that I said backstage I’m not going to say here but it is awesome!”

Now you can feel the music from the show as part of a brand new limited edition Broadway cast album, vinyl and all.

“I produced the album with Billy J. Stein and Steve Stoodwell,” Jason Howland, musical supervisor, said. “[It] was probably the most fun project I’ve ever been able to record. It’s incredible!”

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And it was important for them to stay true to the music.

“When we put together the music for the show, we wanted to stay true to the original sound,” Jason said. “We wanted to do the same for [the album] so if you put this on you get all that vinyl crackle.”

A sound that stretches generations.

“This music is just so far reaching,” Jessie said. “People love this music and come to the show because of it and then I think they leave loving the people who wrote the music too.”

One of those writers, and Carole King’s first husband, Gerry Goffin. Jake Epstein plays Goffin in the show.

“I didn’t know a lot about Gerry Goffin before the story other than the songs he wrote,” Jake Epstein said. “Once I found out about the part, I started researching him and I couldn’t believe that he wrote the lyrics to Will you still love me tomorrow- that a man wrote the lyrics to Natural woman”

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Goffin passed away in June at the age of 75. But, not before seeing the show.

“He said you were good, that’s it,” Jake said with a smile. “The two best words he could’ve said.”

“When you let all the other stuff go and you just get down to the joy,” Jessie said.  “The joy of melody and the joy of a good lyric, it’s incredible!”

Songs that transcend generations, from the stories of a legend.

 

PRODUCED BY: KIM PESTALOZZI



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