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Evanston’s Jessie Mueller Wins Tony Award

The ETHS grad won for best lead actress in a musical for her title role in ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.’

Jessie Mueller, an Evanston native from a family of performers, who cut her teeth on Chicago’s stages, won a Tony Award Sunday night for best lead actress in a musical for playing a young Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Mueller debuted on Broadway only three years ago, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, making the award that much more notable. She also performed a duet with King during the award show, which she said was thrilling.

You can listen to her sing "You've Got a Friend" in the video above.

She comes by her talent rightly. Meuller’s parents, well-regarded actors Roger and Jill Mueller, raised four children, all of whom are successful performers, according to the Tribune.

Jessie, Abby, Andrew and Matt were raised watching their parents perform on Chicago-area stages. They started out performing “Peter Pan” in their Evanston backyard, according to a profile in the New York Post.

Jessie Mueller made her Broadway debut in 2011 opposite Harry Connick Jr. in “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a 2001 graduate of Evanston Township High School.

Do you know Jessie Mueller or the rest of her Evanston family? Share your congratulations in the comments section below.

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Karen June 09, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Amazing voice! So well deserved. Congratulations, Jesse and Meuller family!
Jim La Rochelle June 09, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Congratulations to one of Evanston's own. And, to the very proud parents. May she come home, when possible, and sing for us here. We are proud of you Jessie, for your talent, your accomplishment, and your well deserved recognition.
Terri Mueller June 09, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Congratulations Jessie. Congratulations Bill and Jill. What a wonderful family.
rebeccastern1 June 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM
What an amazing video. Jessie's voice is gorgeous & perfect in this song, but what is more incredible is her acting ability. I've been fortunate to see her play 4 different roles in Chicago + this video. In each she totally transforms into her character. Wow.
Michael S. Lembeck June 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Congratulations Jessie Mueller! Just another star ETHS and Williams Shoes-The Walking Spirit alumna. There's no business like Shoe business. Or Show business.

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