Carole King shows up as herself in Broadway bio
Anything can happen in live theater, and audience members seeing “Beautiful,” the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary on Broadway.
The packed house at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre erupted into thunderous cheers and applause as King appeared Saturday night, sitting at a baby grand piano and showing all the love in her heart as she sang “Beautiful,” the final song.
“It’s kind of miraculous that this show has lasted for five years because not many do. And it’s a testa- ment to, I think, people say the music … but the book is so good and the direction and the lighting and the sets. It’s really a well put together production,” King said in an interview after the show.
She has sung onstage during curtain calls during the show’s long run but has never appeared in the show itself.