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Kathie Lee Gifford's Musical 'Scandalous' to Hit Broadway

on Jul 20, 2012 11:57 AM EDT
Actress and T.V. presenter Kathie Lee Gifford attends the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York. Actress and T.V. presenter Kathie Lee Gifford attends the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York. (Photo : Reuters)
Kathie Lee Gifford Arrives for Barbara Streisand Tribute. Kathie Lee Gifford Arrives for Barbara Streisand Tribute. (Photo : Reuters)
File Photo of Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford File Photo of Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford (Photo : Reuters)

Kathie Lee Gifford's musical ''Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson'' is headed to Broadway this fall.

The American television host, singer-songwriter and actress announced Thursday that her show based on the real story of Aimee Semple McPherson, American evangelical leader and the world's first media superstar from early 20th century, will take the stage in November.

"I can't even believe the words are coming out of my mouth," said Gifford at NBC's Today show. 

"A lot of weird words have come out of my mouth over the years, but we're announcing today that a musical I've been writing for going on 13 years now will be coming to Broadway this fall," Gifford added.

The production of her religious-themed show is directed by David Armstrong, with music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman. Armstrong is the artistic director of 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, where the musical "Scandalous" ran in 2011 under the title "Saving Aimee" with mixed review. Ths show will star Tony Award-nominated actress Carolee Carmello as Aimee. 

Gifford said she wrote the musical because McPherson was the most interesting woman she's ever read about. 

The show's preview performances begin on October 13, and the opening night is scheduled for November 15 at the Neil Simon Theater in New York.

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