AceShowbiz - Broadway musical "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" marked its fifth anniversary on Sunday, January 13. Celebrating the milestone, the 76-year-old singer-songwriter decided to make an appearance during the Saturday night, January 12 show unannounced, delivering a piano rendition of the show's closing number "Beautiful".
Audience members were obviously surprised by King's surprise performance, but they still enjoyed the rendition as the singer successfully brought them to their feet. King then joined the cast during the curtain call and belted out the encore "I Feel the Earth Move". She later addressed the phenomenon that the show had become over the past five years.
.@Carole_King surprised our audience with an unforgettable performance like never before! Find out what made the earth move at #BeautifulOnBway's 5th Anniversary Celebration by watching @CBSSunday tomorrow at 9 AM. #5YearsOfBeautiful pic.twitter.com/WFFSLNz0Xz— Beautiful Broadway (@BeautifulOnBway) 13 Januari 2019
"What a night!" she said. "It was amazing to be a part of this. This musical has been such a magical experience. To be here and celebrate our fifth anniversary with so many joy and love is amazing. Everyone connected with this show will agree that the people we have to thank the most are you, the audiences; please give yourself a hand."
She continued, "It's thanks to you, you who have come once... twice, three times. I hear from people who've brought friends, family and shared the joy and shared the love, and it's amazing. So if you keep doing that, you never know when I might show up again."
Opening on Broadway on January 13, 2014, "Beautiful" is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Well, Phil Spector and more.
Directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince, the musical won the 2014 Tony Award for best actress in a musical for Jessie Mueller, who portrayed King at the time. It also won the 2015 Grammy Award for best musical theater album and two 2015 Olivier Awards. Productions have played in London, Japan and Australia.