“In a life and career so filled with blessings and honors, I can’t think of anything quite so meaningful as the dignity and respect these six remarkable actors brought to my personal story,” she tells The Post of the women who’ve portrayed her.
Here’s what they have to say about her!
She won a 2014 Tony for originating the role she played 480 times.
First King encounter: “Ping! The elevator door opened and there she was, at the rehearsal studio. I remember giving her a big hug and trying not to cry. For 20 or 30 minutes, she shook everyone’s hands, learned everyone’s name and left. I didn’t see her again until she surprised us when she saw the show that spring after we opened. The cast had no idea she was there.”
Best hair days: “The long wig I wore in the beginning and end of the show — a big, curly, wild mane. I called it, ‘Carole meets Beyoncé.’ ”
That King magic: “I think Carole would be the first to say she didn’t look like a pop star, but that’s what we love about her.”
Jessie’s sister originated the role on the national tour and did 383 Broadway shows.
First meeting: “Carole came through the door in this little anteroom at the Sondheim Theatre and my head exploded! We sang ‘I Feel the Earth Move’ together. She was as down to earth and kind and beautiful as you’d expect her to be.”
Backstage VIP: “Dr. Ruth. I have a picture of me standing beside her in the tall, platform wedge sandals I wore to work, and she can’t be more than 4½ feet tall.”
Favorite song: “ ‘Natural Woman.’ The lyrics make it seem that there’s a man making her feel this way, but it’s an affirmation: You’re allowing yourself to feel like the best version of yourself.”
Broadway’s longest-reigning King played 1,250 performances.
Fun fact: “Carole used to have a fear of singing in public. James Taylor would push her onstage, forcing her to sing ‘Up on the Roof’ while she was quaking in her boots.”
Wardrobe malfunction: “The zipper broke on the dress I was wearing before I sang ‘You’ve Got a Friend.’ I spent that whole scene doing a side shuffle so the audience couldn’t see my back.”
First contact: “I found an email from Carole, ‘I hear you’re great in the show and can’t wait to see you.’ I wrote back, ‘Dear Ms. King, please don’t tell me when you’re coming, I’ll lose my mind!’ ”
The star of TV’s “Supergirl” soared onto Broadway for 67 shows.
Early hearing: “She was my mom’s favorite singer/songwriter. We did a lot of road trips, and my mom would always put on all of Carole’s albums.”
First contact: “She came to the show the night my mom was there. They sat across the aisle from each other. Then Carole came onstage and sang ‘I Feel the Earth Move’ with me.”
Backstage VIP: “Kevin Smith. He got so shy hearing me sing my heart out, he didn’t know what to say.”
In 2003, King invited the Grammy nominee to her Manhattan apartment to sing together. Carlton played 79 shows.
First contact: “I recently listened to the cassette tape of what we did together that day, and the stuff Carole played was so gorgeous! She was an example to me early on about how to be both a rock star and a really cool mom.”
Backstage VIP: “Stevie Nicks surprised me on my opening night, although I specifically told her to give me a couple of weeks to get my sea legs.”
Wardrobe crunch: “I told Carole the name of this show should be ‘Naked in the Wings,’ because I had about 16 costume changes. Sometimes you have eight seconds. People rip stuff off you like you’re a car at a NASCAR race.”
Bockel once sang at a Chicago aquarium while the dolphins did tricks. She’ll close the Broadway run with her 90th performance.
Secret hope: “I traveled with ‘Tapestry’ and her other albums on tour, just in case she’d come and sign them.”
Backstage VIP: “We were taking pictures with [King’s fellow songwriter] Barry Mann after the show. My friend who was playing him said, ‘I hope I didn’t f- -k up your life.’ Barry said, with a smile, ‘I’m sure you couldn’t f- -k it up anymore than I did.’ ”
Favorite song: “ ‘Beautiful.’ I like to imagine I’m singing to all the women in the audience. It’s a way to raise each other up together.”
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