Star Files One fine day, indeed! Abby Mueller, sister of 2014 Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, will star as Carole King in the forthcoming national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Jessie won a Tony for originating the role of the legendary singer-songwriter on Broadway. The Beautiful tour will launch this September in Providence before hitting cities across the country. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.“We’re thrilled to welcome Abby into the Beautiful family,” producer Paul Blake said, in a statement. “The moment she walked into the audition, we knew we found the perfect Carole to head our amazing cast. Abby’s been wowing Chicago and Broadway audiences for years, and we can’t wait for people across the country to get to see what she can do when she puts her own stamp on this iconic role.”Abby Mueller has appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots. Her off-Broadway credits include A Minister’s Wife and Romance/Romance.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production is directed by Marc Bruni.Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. View Comments Abby Mueller
Press Association The 23-year-old Costa Rica forward is set for his first Barclays Premier League start of the season at Swansea on Saturday following injury to England duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Campbell joined the Gunners in August 2011 from Deportivo Saprissa, but spent campaigns on loan at Lorient and Real Betis as he waited for a work permit, then headed to Olympiacos and last year a spell at Villarreal before returning to London for pre-season. Gunners boss Wenger resisted the temptation to allow the forward more time away from the Emirates Stadium, but accepts Campbell is entering a crucial stage of his Arsenal career. “I wanted to keep him here, I felt he has been on loan two or three times and that it is now or never for him with us,” said Wenger. “For him, as well, you belong to a club, you go one time out, two times out then after that you don’t know any more if you belong to the club or not.” Wenger has every confidence Campbell – who impressed during Costa Rica’s run to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup – possesses the style to deliver something different in the Premier League. “He has two positions – right side and centre-forward,” said Wenger. “He is a bit of a mixture between Walcott and (Olivier) Giroud. He likes to play with his back to goal like Giroud, but as well is a bit of a dribbler.” Wenger rejected criticism of Arsenal’s training methods after the London Colney treatment room became more crowded this week. “There are plenty of things that you can’t master, and as well things (happen) during the game, you cannot plan everything, players have to be robust,” said Wenger. “We sit down together and analyse exactly the workload of the players – in the last six weeks for example we know exactly the percentage of work (Walcott) has done, how much workload, what sort of exercise he has done. “Every day we know the intensity of his work, how much he has sprinted. We put it all together to see if we made a mistake.” Wenger, though, does not want to suggest his players are injury-prone. “I don’t want to put that label on them,” he said. “It is like in life, why does he catch the flu and him not? You have to accept that medically we are not all even.” Despite Arsenal’s selection worries, Wenger will not urge his players to hold back for fear of further injury ahead of what is a crucial run of fixtures – with Bayern Munich away in the Champions League and then hosting the north London derby against Tottenham before the international break. “Football, and life as well, is to play the next game like it was your last. That is part of the enjoyment,” he said. “You have to be completely in the present and not think about the next games, because who knows what will happen?” Arsene Wenger feels it is “now or never” for Joel Campbell to make it at Arsenal.
England has named two strong teams to defend next week’s Women and Girls’ Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, Wales, from 3-5 August. The girls’ team are targeting their ninth consecutive win, while the women have won their title four times in the last five years. The women’s team includes four of the players who helped England become European champions earlier this month: Emma Allen, Meghan MacLaren, Lizzie Prior and Olivia Winning. They will be joined by the new English women’s champion Sammie Giles, Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb. The reserve is India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa). The girls’ team is made up of all six members of the team which contested the European girls’ championship, together with 14-year-old Annabell Fuller, who is making her debut at this level. The other players are Louisa Brunt, Sharna Dutrieux, Lily May Humphreys, Emily Price, Bel Wardle and Amelia Williamson. Humphreys and Williamson were both in the top 20 after the qualifying rounds on the European championship. The reserve is Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill). Women’s team Emma Allen, 19, (Meon Valley, Hampshire) had four top ten finishes in her freshman year at the University of Missouri. Last year she was in England’s winning team at the girls’ Home Internationals, winning all six of her games. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur, reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and been 5th in the Welsh strokeplay. Sammie Giles, 21 (St Mellion, Cornwall) has just won the English women’s amateur and also holds the English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship. Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and was leading qualifier at the English women’s open match play championship. Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) scored the winning point for GB&I at the Curtis Cup. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit. Lizzie Prior, 18, (Burhill, Surrey) was runner-up in the English women’s amateur for the second year in a row. She won her first event after starting university in the USA and returned to successfully defend the Critchley Salver. Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship for the second time this year and tied 12th in an LET Access Series tournament in Spain in May. Girls’ team Louisa Brunt, 17, (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) won the Pleasington Putter last week, was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and has had top 20 finishes in the German girls’ open and the St Rule Trophy Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath, Kent) tied second in the Critchley Salver, was third in the Hampshire Rose and shared fourth place in the Sir Henry Ccooper Junior Masters. Annabell Fuller, 14 (Roehampton, Surrey) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was second in the Scottish U18 girls, the Frilford Heath Salver and the Spring U16 championship. Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels, Essex) won the 2015 English U14 girls’ champion and has followed up this season with a win in the Fairhaven Trophies, second place in the Critchley Salver and third in the Frilford Heath Salver. Emily Price, 16, (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire) enjoyed a spectacular run of three wins in a week capturing the Scottish girls’ open championship, the Leveret and the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy. Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury, Cheshire) was eighth in the St Rule Trophy, 16th in the Welsh women’s stroke play and made the cut in the Portuguese women’s amateur championship. Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was sixth in the English women’s amateur and successfully defended the English schools’ championship for the second year in a row. She was runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies. 25 Jul 2016 England teams named for Home Internationals defence