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Actress wins ‘Beautiful’ role

Jessie Mueller has nabbed a beautiful Broadway role – she’ll be playing celebrated songwriter Carole King in a new musical about the woman who wrote such hits as “It’s Too Late” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Producers said Monday that Mueller, who was last on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” will lead “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which starts previews Nov. 21 at the Steven Sondheim Theatre.

King composed dozens of 1960s hits with then-husband Gerry Goffin before emerging as a recording artist in her own right. Her 25 million-selling “Tapestry” launched the singer-songwriter era in 1971 and became the first real blockbuster album.

The new musical is written by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath.

Gillibrand signs book deal

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has a deal to write a book that will be a memoir and a call to action for women.

Random House imprint Ballantine Bantam Dell tells the Associated Press that the New York Democrat’s currently untitled book will include stories about her upbringing and how she “integrates marriage and motherhood into a dynamic and demanding political career.”

Gillibrand says she admires books by and about women in professional life. She cites Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Living History.” Gillibrand succeeded Clinton in the U.S. Senate in 2009 after Clinton became U.S. secretary of state.

Bantam said Monday the Gillibrand book is scheduled for fall 2014. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed.

Lucas, 69, is a father again

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas and new wife Mellody Hobson have had a baby daughter.

Representatives for the 69-year-old filmmaker announced the birth Monday. Everest Hobson Lucas was born Friday, the first child for Lucas and Hobson, who were married in June. The baby was born via surrogate.

Hobson, 44, is Lucas’ second wife. She is president of Ariel Investments and chairwoman of the board for DreamWorks Animation.

Lucas also has a 32-year-old daughter, a 25-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son. He was previously married to film editor Marcia Lou Griffin.

Perry to debut song on VMAs

Katy Perry is returning to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Perry will sing her new song, “Roar,” live for the first time. She hasn’t performed at the VMAs since 2009.

The VMAs will air live from Brooklyn on Aug. 25. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations with six apiece, and Bruno Mars is next at four.

“Roar” is the first single from Perry’s new album, “PRISM,” due out Oct. 22. Perry is a four-time VMA winner, including video of the year for “Firework.”

Others on the show will include Lady Gaga and Kanye West, who will be performing for a record-tying seventh time.

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