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Sister act: Abby Mueller has star turn in national tour of 'Beautiful — The Carole King Musical'

Sister act: Abby Mueller has star turn in national tour of 'Beautiful — The Carole King Musical'

To star in a national tour of the Broadway hit "Beautiful — The Carole King Musical," which opens this weekend at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, is to brave comparisons not only to King herself but also to the actress who originated the role. Especially when that actress, Jessie Mueller, won a Tony for her performance. And even more so if you're Abby Mueller, Jessie's sister.

But any Shakespearean psychodramas evoked by the scenario — Goneril or Regan versus Cordelia in “King Lear,” perhaps — will have to play out exclusively in the reader's imagination. Abby, speaking by phone between shows in Dallas a few weeks before heading to Los...

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