Chilina Kennedy with the cast of 'Beautiful' on its three-year anniversary. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
Paul Blake has a reputation for being able to broker difficult agreements.  The former executive producer of the Muny in St. Louis had made his Broadway debut producing and writing the book for “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” a production that came about only after he was able to persuade the Berlin estate to allow him to adapt the closely guarded songs into a musical.  And so, about eight years ago, Blake got the call from Roger Faxon, then the president of EMI Music, to produce a Carole King musical that had been in limbo due to the differing views of…

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