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Henryetta performer Makayla Baxter will be portraying Carole King this fall in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."
The Tony and Grammy award-winning musical will be presented at Theatre Tulsa Sept. 15 through Oct. 1.makayla
It tells the remarkable journey of Carole King, from her humble beginnings as a Brooklyn girl to her rise as a chart-topping recording artist. The musical follows King's evolution from a young songwriter crafting hits for other artists to becoming a music sensation in her own right.
Originally premiering on Broadway in 2014, "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" quickly became a beloved and critically acclaimed production. The musical received numerous accolades, including two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Sound Design, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Theatre Tulsa's production of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" promises to deliver the show’s heartfelt storytelling, unforgettable performances, and timeless songs that have become the soundtrack of numerous lives.
"We’re ready to take audiences a step back in time to experience the magic of the 1960s and 70s through Carole King's timeless music,” said Jarrod Kopp, executive director of Theatre Tulsa. “From 'You've Got a Friend' to 'I Feel the Earth Move,' these songs have become part of the soundtrack of our lives, and we’re excited to bring them to life, live on stage.”
When she learned she would be portraying King, Baxter said she was excited to be a part of the cast. “Never in a million years did I think I would have the opportunity to help tell this phenomenal woman’s story, and I feel so incredibly lucky.”
This is the latest in a string of special performances by the 2018 Henryetta high school graduate.
Most recently she portrayed Edward Rutledge in the Tulsa Theatre presentation of 1776. That musical was directed by another Henryetta alum, Liz Bealko.
Baxter has been named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a musical for her work in “Something Rotten,” last year.
She was one of the founding members of the HHS Performing Arts Student Association. That group laid the groundwork for the highly-acclaimed H-Town Theatre that has performed a series of hit musicals.
Performances of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and matinee shows on Sundays at 2 p.m.