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Chilina Kennedy

Music Theatre Grads Star in Broadway’s Beautiful

February 20, 2015

It was only a matter of time before Chilina Kennedy and Scott Campbell crossed paths on New York’s big stage. Having long admired each others’ work, the Sheridan music theatre grads are both excited to be starring together in Broadway’s Beautiful, based on the life of singer-songwriter, Carole King. “The theatre community is small and eventually we are all likely to meet at some point,” says Kennedy (2000), who takes on the lead role of Carole King on March 7. She joins Campbell (2007) who continues his star turn as Gerry Goffin, King’s husband and song-writing partner, a role his has played since September 23. 

“It's a wonderful feeling to be able to do something you love for a living. Especially with a piece as special as Beautiful,” says Scott who grew up in Waterloo, Ontario. Campbell made his Broadway debut as a swing in Jersey Boys. He also appeared in the national tour of American Idiot.

Kennedy is eager to convey the essence of Carole King who naturally connected with her audiences in an unaffected way. “She was never after the fame; she simply loved the music and wanted to write good songs.”

Carole King also made space in her life to have a family alongside her very successful career, adds Kennedy, who son was born in September. “I admire her selflessness, her humility and the deep love she has for her husband and children.” 

A native of Oromocto, New Brunswick, Kennedy made her Broadway debut as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, reprising her Stratford role. Kennedy has toured North America in Mamma Mia! and starred in several Stratford productions, including West Side Story and Evita.
She’ll take over for its Tony Award-winning star, Jessie Mueller.

“I can't wait to jump in with both feet, says Kennedy. “If I can bring my open heart and sense of joy to the role and try my best to stay true to her, that will be a good start.”

For Campbell, the role of Gerry Goffin resonates mainly because he’s such an authentic character. ”I can really empathize with some of the struggles he faced in his life. The relationship portrayed on stage between he and Carole is very truthful,” Scott explains. “The most important attribute we can bring to either role is honesty,” he adds. “And I'm looking forward to exploring that truth with Chilina eight shows a week!

Read about the new cast members in Beautiful in Playbill.


Scott Campbell (Photo: Joan Marcus)