Carole King surprises

audience on Broadway 

Audience members seeing "Beautiful," the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show's fifth anniversary on Broadway.

The packed house at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre erupted as King showed up Saturday night to perform "Beautiful," the final song.

The 76-year-old singer-songwriter told The Associated Press in an interview after the show that "it's kind of miraculous that this show has lasted for five years because not many do."

King has sung onstage during curtain calls during the show's long run but has never appeared in the show itself.

In the show's final scene, set during her famous 1971 Carnegie Hall concert, King took over for Chilina Kennedy, who recently returned to the Broadway production after playing the King role in the North American tour.

 

Kevin Hart has top film

after Oscars controversy

Kevin Hart isn't hosting the Oscars, but he's got a No. 1 movie. "The Upside," starring Hart and Bryan Cranston, surpassed expectations to open with $19.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The strong performance of "The Upside" pushed "Aquaman" to second after the aquatic superhero's three-week reign atop the North American box office. Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" still passed $1 billion worldwide over the weekend, becoming the first DC Comics release to reach that mark since 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises."

"The Upside" opened on the heels of several weeks of Oscar drama surrounding Hart. The comedian last month withdrew from hosting the Academy Awards, just days after being named emcee, when he initially refused to apologize for years-old homophobic tweets.