Chilina Kennedy, who played Mary Magdalene in Des McAnuff’s Stratford-to-Broadway transfer of Jesus Christ Superstar, is set to take over for Tony winner Jessie Mueller in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical. Mueller, who along with the biomusical got a big thumbs up from the “You’ve Got A Friend” writer, departs after the March 6 show. Kennedy begins the next day at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where the bio-cum-hit-parade has regularly been selling out since opening last year. A veteran of Canada’s Stratford Festival and the Toronto theater and cabaret scenes, Kennedy has also appeared in Gotham productions of Kiss Me, Kate and The Grapes Of Wrath.
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