Faith, Media & Culture

Faith, Media & Culture


Kathie Lee Gifford’s “Scandalous” closes as faith-themed shows struggle to find a foothold on Broadway

posted by John W. Kennedy

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

Final curtain. From The New York Times: The musical “Scandalous,” Kathie Lee Gifford’s Broadway debut as a lyricist and book writer, will close this Sunday after 31 preview performances and 29 regular performances, the producers announced on Tuesday night. The show opened on Nov. 15 to largely negative reviews, although several critics praised the lead performance of Carolee Carmello as the early 20th century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. “Scandalous” was the latest attempt by theater artists to create a musical that explored spiritual themes and aimed for audiences who might be drawn to stories about religious figures; some of these shows have had a difficult time selling tickets lately, including the recent productions of “Leap of Faith,” “Godspell,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Sister Act.”

Comment: For what it’s worth (not enough), I actually liked Scandalous, having called it “a rousing, thought-provoking and, ultimately, inspirational portrait of one of the most influential and enigmatic religious leaders of the 2oth century.”

Here are some highlights from a show that, IMHO, deserved a longer run:

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Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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