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Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Beautiful's Anika Larsen

Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Beautiful's Anika Larsen

Paul Wontorek sits down for a chit chat with Beautiful's Anika Larsen.

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Some Kind of Wonderful! Beautiful Tony Nominee Anika Larsen & Husband Freddie Maxwell Welcome Baby Boy

Some Kind of Wonderful! Beautiful Tony Nominee Anika Larsen & Husband Freddie Maxwell Welcome Baby Boy

Beautiful Tony nominee Anika Larsen and her husband Freddie Maxwell welcomed a baby boy earlier this month! Kie Larsen Maxwell was born on July 4.

Larsen is currently on maternity leave from playing Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway (Jessica Keenan Wynn has temporarily assumed the role). Her additional credits include Xanadu, All Shook Up, Avenue ...

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Beautiful's Anika Larsen on Her Pregnancy, 'Turbo-Speed' Relationship & Baby Guru Kelli O'Hara

Beautiful's Anika Larsen on Her Pregnancy, 'Turbo-Speed' Relationship & Baby Guru Kelli O'Hara

Beautiful Tony nominee Anika Larsen is expecting her first child with partner Freddie Maxwell in late June. Of course, balancing eight shows a week with pregnancy can be tricky, so Larsen turned to someone who really knows babies and Broadway: five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara. 

“When I was still having to be secretive about it, I bumped into Kelli ...

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This Week’s Picks! See Sting Sing, Sleep Tight with Anika Larsen & Make a Holiday Wish with Idina Menzel

This Week’s Picks! See Sting Sing, Sleep Tight with Anika Larsen & Make a Holiday Wish with Idina Menzel

Hey, you, still trying to stretch those Thanksgiving leftovers—you know you can’t make a meal out of turkey skin, olives, and pumpkin pie filling! Before you venture out of the house for edible food, be sure to check out what Broadway has to offer, including Laura Osnes’ new show and Sting’s stint in The Last Ship. Take a big bite ...

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The Most Beautiful Thing in the World! Jessie Mueller & Anika Larsen Take a Kinky Boots Field Trip

The Most Beautiful Thing in the World! Jessie Mueller & Anika Larsen Take a Kinky Boots Field Trip
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Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Anika Larsen of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical headed to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to see Tony winner Billy Porter, Andy Kelso and the cast of Kinky Boots in action! Click for photos from their visit on October 6, 2014.

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Jessie Mueller, Anika Larsen & Jarrod Spector to Stay Beautiful; Paul Anthony Stewart Will Join Cast

Jessie Mueller, Anika Larsen & Jarrod Spector to Stay Beautiful; Paul Anthony Stewart Will Join Cast

Tony winner Jessie Mueller, as well as Tony nominees Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector, have extended their contracts in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Mueller, who takes on the title role of the singer/songwriter, will play her final performance on March 6, 2015. Larsen and Spector, who play Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, will remain in the ...

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James Earl Jones, Rosie O’Donnell & Brian May Feel the Earth Move at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

James Earl Jones, Rosie O’Donnell & Brian May Feel the Earth Move at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
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Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein, Jarrod Spector and the cast of Beautiful had a few special guests in the audience on the weekend of July 19: Tony winner James Earl Jones, who will headline You Can't Take It With You on Broadway this fall, The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell and Queen guitarist Brian May! Click for photos from ...

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2014 Tony Playlist! Stream Tracks From Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller & More Best Actress Nominees

2014 Tony Playlist! Stream Tracks From Kelli O’Hara, Jessie Mueller & More Best Actress Nominees

The 2014 Tony Awards are just around the corner, and if you’re like us, you’ve been rocking out to Broadway cast recordings nonstop for the last few weeks. As the countdown to June 8 continues, Broadway.com is bringing you a series of Tony Award playlists, available to stream and share for free on Spotify. This week, we’ve created a ...

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Beautiful Tony Nominee Anika Larsen Lusted After a Fuzzy Co-Star

Beautiful Tony Nominee Anika Larsen Lusted After a Fuzzy Co-Star

Beautiful Tony nominee Anika Larsen reveals her sweet Tony dream date and offers up some advice she received from a famous Aussie.

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Liza Minnelli Has a Beautiful Afternoon on B'way with Jessie Mueller & the Cast of the Carole King Musical

Liza Minnelli Has a Beautiful Afternoon on B'way with Jessie Mueller & the Cast of the Carole King Musical

Broadway legend Liza Minnelli spent the day with Carole King on May 14! Well, not the real Carole King, but Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, who embodies the singer-songwriter in the acclaimed new tuner Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. After seeing the life of the Grammy winner unfold on stage, Minnelli headed backstage to greet Mueller and the cast ...

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Exclusive Photos! Hang Out Backstage with Jessie Mueller & the Cast of Beautiful During the Show

Exclusive Photos! Hang Out Backstage with Jessie Mueller & the Cast of Beautiful During the Show
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Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical welcomed photographer Jenny Anderson backstage for an exclusive peek at what goes on behind the scenes during a performance of the hit Broadway show. FInd out what it's like to be a fly on the wall at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre!

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What a Beautiful Day! Rosie O'Donnell & More Visit the Cast of the Carole King Tuner

What a Beautiful Day! Rosie O'Donnell & More Visit the Cast of the Carole King Tuner

Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful had a special surprise on April 24: Rosie O'Donnell and Frozen composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez stopped by to see them! After catching the new musical about Carole King's life, the three stars stopped backstage to greet the cast and get a backstage tour. Check out these Hot Shots of O'Donnell (above ...

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Beautiful's Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen Answer Your Questions About Hypochondria, Bucket Lists and the Perfect Pizza

Beautiful's Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen Answer Your Questions About Hypochondria, Bucket Lists and the Perfect Pizza

Beautiful's Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen answer your questions about music icons, what makes the perfect pizza and what's on their bucket list.

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Photos! Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers Has the Time of His Life Singing at Broadway’s Beautiful

Photos! Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers Has the Time of His Life Singing at Broadway’s Beautiful
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Singer-songwriter Bill Medley, one half of the musical duo the Righteous Brothers, joined the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on April 14, 2014 to sing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’” In honor of the special performance, musician and The Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer donated $5,000 to Broadway Cares ...

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Photos! Beautiful Star Jarrod Spector Gets A Little Extra Help From Songwriter Barry Mann at 54 Below

Photos! Beautiful Star Jarrod Spector Gets A Little Extra Help From Songwriter Barry Mann at 54 Below
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In Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Broadway favorite Jarrod Spector channels legendary songwriter Barry Mann. See him team up with the real-life Mann in his concert A Little Extra Help From My Friends on April 10, 2014 at 54 Below! Photos by Jenny Anderson.

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Beautiful Duo Jarrod Spector & Anika Larsen Are Taking Your Questions!

Beautiful Duo Jarrod Spector & Anika Larsen Are Taking Your Questions!

Who is the next duo to take a seat on the comfy Broadway.com Ask a Star couch? Beautiful favorites Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen! The talented twosome plays songwriting husband-and-wife pair Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in the new musical, and they’re just as adorable offstage as they are at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre! Want proof? Ask them anything ...

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One Fine Day! Release Date Set For Beautiful Cast Recording

One Fine Day! Release Date Set For Beautiful Cast Recording

We haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling, so we’re eagerly awaiting the previously announced cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording digitally April 1, and the album will be available in stores May 13. The digital version can now be pre-ordered on iTunes.

Beautiful stars Tony nominee and Broadway.com video blogger ...

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Natural Woman: Backstage at Beautiful with Jessie Mueller, Episode 5: Backstage Shenanigans

Natural Woman: Backstage at Beautiful with Jessie Mueller, Episode 5: Backstage Shenanigans

Catch the madness when Anika Larsen steals Jessie Mueller's video camera and tapes everything that happens while Mueller's on stage performing in Beautiful. Also, Happy Birthday, Carole King!

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Jessie Mueller & the Stars of Beautiful Get a Backstage Visit From The X Factor Judge Simon Cowell

Jessie Mueller & the Stars of Beautiful Get a Backstage Visit From The X Factor Judge Simon Cowell
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The X Factor judge Simon Cowell visits Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical backstage on January 25, 2014 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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The Cast of Broadway's Beautiful Does the 'Locomotion' Into Opening Night

The Cast of Broadway's Beautiful Does the 'Locomotion' Into Opening Night

Will you love me tomorrow? Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrates opening night January 12. Starring Tony nominee Jessie Mueller in the title role and directed by Marc Bruni, the new bio-musical is playing at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful  ...

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Ain't It Good to Know! Beautiful Star Jessie Mueller Is Broadway.com's New Video Blogger

Ain't It Good to Know! Beautiful Star Jessie Mueller Is Broadway.com's New Video Blogger
Feel your heart start to "trem-b-ling" whenever Jessie Mueller is around? Us too! The Beautiful leading lady is set to give audiences a peek behind the scenes at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre each week with her new Broadway.com video blog, Natural Woman: Backstage at Beautiful with Jessie Mueller. The new vlog begins on January 16 and runs every Thursday ... Read More...
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Squigs Makes Beautiful Music with Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein & More

Squigs Makes Beautiful Music with Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein & More

The new musical Beautiful follows singer-songwriter Carole King, played by Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, from the days she was a Brooklyn teen (named Carol Klein) looking for a break in the record business to her years as a pop songwriter to her chart-topping solo career. Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to capture ...

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Anika Larsen on Her Life-Saving Surgery and the BeautifuI Show That Made Her Love Acting Again

Anika Larsen on Her Life-Saving Surgery and the BeautifuI Show That Made Her Love Acting Again

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When Broadway.com asked Anika Larsen to write an essay about her experience playing songwriter Cynthia Weil in the new Carole King bio musical Beautiful, we expected a lighthearted piece from one of NYC's most winning musical comedy performers. After all, as Larsen cheekily notes on her personal website, she's the only actress who can boast of ...

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Get an Earth-Moving First Look at Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein & More in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Get an Earth-Moving First Look at Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein & More in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
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You don't have to look "way over yonder" to get a lovely first look at Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, based on the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's life and music. Directed by Marc Bruni, the new musical is currently playing at San Francisco's Curran Theatre through October 20 and will begin Broadway previews November 21 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Starring Tony ...

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Jake Epstein, Jarrod Spector, Anika Larsen and More Join Jessie Mueller in Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Jake Epstein, Jarrod Spector, Anika Larsen and More Join Jessie Mueller in Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Jake Epstein, Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen will make Beautiful music with Tony nominee Jessie Mueller in the new Carole King bio musical. Directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical begins performances at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre on November 21, with opening night slated for January 12, 2014.

In addition to Mueller as Carole ...

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