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    Interview: Chilina Kennedy on Broadway, Carole King & Canada

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    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with Canadian-born Broadway star Chilina Kennedy about her rise through the musical theatre ranks, and why she’s excited to bring ‘Beautiful - The Carole King Musical’ to Toronto

    WHO: Chilina Kennedy

    WHAT: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

    WHERE: The Ed Mirvish Theatre

    WHEN: Continuing through September 3rd, 2017

    WEBSITES: https://www.mirvish.com/shows/beautiful-the-carole-king-musical


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    About Chilina Kennedy

    Chilina is currently starring as Carole King in the musical Beautiful in Toronto after playing the role on Broadway for the past two years. She is also a singer/songwriter with a debut album What You Find In A Bottle.

    Chilina’s last appearance on Broadway was in 2012 when she played Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which also had successful runs at the Stratford Festival of Canada and the La Jolla Playhouse. Other US credits include the world premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, in which she originated the role of Phoebe at Hartford Stage and The Old Globe in San Diego (San Diego and Connecticut Outer Critics nominations) and Sophie in the 1st US National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Selected Canadian credits include the title role in Ted Dykstra’s Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival and original recording), the title role in Ross Petty’s Pantomime The Little Mermaid (Toronto Critic’s Award), three seasons at the Stratford Festival (three Broadways World Awards) including Maria in Gary Griffin’s West Side Story, three seasons at the Shaw Festival, the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings (Mirvish), Philia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Stratford/Toronto), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Neptune) and the title role in Mary Poppins (Theatre Aquarius).

    Chilina has worked with Burt Bacharach, guest starred in concert with Colm Wilkinson and guest starred with Jason Robert Brown at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Chilina is a graduate of Sheridan College and the Birmingham Conservatory for classical theatre in Stratford.


     


    About Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

    BEAUTIFUL — The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

    Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony Award®- nominee and Academy Award®-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy®.

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    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm

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