Carole King may feel — as her song goes — like “a natural woman,” but she’s also a surprising one, as she proved Saturday night when she stepped onstage at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to sing the final title song in the Broadway hit, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” helping celebrate the Tony-winning show’s fifth anniversary. The stunned audience leapt to its feet, erupting into applause.
“This was a surprise, I guess, for a lot of us,” said King who spoke to the crowd after taking a curtain call with Canadian actress Chilina Kennedy, who currently plays King.
“Beautiful,” which chronicles the 76-year-old's life from teenage songwriter to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and includes hits like “One Fine Day” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” is kept alive by fans who keep coming back, “people who’ve brought friends and family,” she said. (Nearly 2.2 million people have seen the show, which has earned $250 million.)
“If you keep doing that,” she added, smiling, “you never know when I might show up.”