GREENSBORO — An Elon University graduate will be playing the title role in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” when it comes to Greensboro next year as part of the Broadway series at the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.
Kennedy Caughell will take over the role of the famed singer-songwriter on Sept. 20 in the North American tour of the hit Broadway musical about King’s early life and career, producers said in this week’s casting announcement.
“Beautiful” will play May 26-31 at the Tanger Center. The 2020-21 inaugural Broadway season at the Tanger Center will also feature “Wicked,” Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Mean Girls,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Come From Away.”
Season seat memberships are now on sale at www.tangercenter.com. Individual tickets have not yet gone on sale.
The 3,000-seat downtown venue is scheduled to open in March 2020 at North Elm and East Lindsay streets and Abe Brenner Place.
Raised in Oklahoma, Caughell received her BFA in musical theater from Elon. On Broadway, she has performed as an understudy and replacement for King and other roles in “Beautiful.” She also appeared in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.”
Her roles in national and international touring productions include Heather in “American Idiot,” and covering the role of Elphaba in “Wicked.”
Other cast members in the touring production of “Beautiful” include James D. Gish (Gerry Goffin, King’s songwriting partner and first husband), Kathryn Boswell (Cynthia Weil), James Michael Lambert (Barry Mann), Matt Loehr (Don Kirshner) and Rachel Coloff (Genie Klein).
The ensemble of “Beautiful” includes Matthew Amira, Isaiah Bailey, Edwin Bates, Danielle Bowen, Antoinette Comer, Kevin Hack, Torrey Linder, Nick Moulton, Nya, Eliza Palasz, Ben Toomer, Nazarria Workman and Hailee Wright.
“Beautiful” features an array of songs written by Goffin and King, and Mann and Weil.
Since the tour’s start in September 2015, it has put on 1,442 performances in 94 cities over 182 weeks to nearly 2.5 million people. It will play 105 markets in the 2019-20 touring season.
The final Broadway performance of “Beautiful” will be Oct. 27 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York. The Tony- and Grammy-winning production will end its nearly six-year run.