We all know how much Laurel, Gary & Mark adore Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, so obviously, we had to invite Esther Hannaford (Carole King) and Mike McLeish (Don Kirshner) into the studio! 

Laurel asked what we were all thinking… how did they find Esther Hannaford?

“Carole King has this unbelievably unique voice, so when it comes to turning it into a musical… did you have your eyes on the ball and think ‘I’d be perfect at that’,” the performer said. 

“I spoke to Michael Cassel about it, and Daniel Evans, our musical director, a year before… there’s not that many musicals that come up where you can use your authentic voice… without having to be a Disney princess.”

But, did the real Carole King have a say in who got the part? Absolutely!

Listen to the full chat below!

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