Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson is opening on Broadway in October.
With book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous begins performances at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Opening Night is set for Thursday, Nov. 15.
Gifford has been working tirelessly for the past 13 years on this Broadway-bound musical about the life of Foursquare founder Aimee Semple McPherson. Gifford has been a long-time admirer of McPherson and it was while attending Oral Roberts University in the 1970s that she first heard of the evangelist’s ministry.
“I remember being amazed by the stories I’d heard about her, and that turned into a lifetime fascination,” Gifford says.
This lifetime passion propelled Gifford to dedicate herself to a project she considers a part of her life’s purpose. Scandalous (formerly known as Saving Aimee), for which Gifford wrote the book, the lyrics and some of the music, is a musical about the life of the evangelist.
The lead is being played by Tony award nominee Carolee Carmello.
Update: Critics aren’t impressed