‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist is ‘coming home’ to Broadway

FILE - In this June 10, 2018 file photo, Melissa Benoist introduces a performance by the cast of "Once on This Island" at the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York. The actress, who stars on the CW series “Supergirl” will play legendary songwriter Carole King on Broadway. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — To get ready to play legendary songwriter Carole King on Broadway, Melissa Benoist had to learn her lines and complicated stage directions. Lyrics, not so much.

The actress, who stars on the CW series “Supergirl,” has been listening to King since she was a kid, fed a steady diet of classics such as “So Far Away” and “It’s Too Late” from the landmark album “Tapestry” by her parents.

“We would take road trips a lot as a family when I was a kid and each member of the family got to pick the music for an hour. My mom always put on Carole King or Linda Ronstadt or Joni Mitchell but mostly Carole King. So I definitely had a relationship,” said Benoist. “Needless to say I didn’t have any memorizing to do when it came to learning the songs.”

Benoist will take all the help she can get as she makes her Broadway debut Tuesday in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which concentrates on King’s early years. The role Benoist is stepping into earned Jessie Mueller a Tony Award.