SCANDALOUS Producers Put Additional Funds in to Cover Show's Losses
Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous opened at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre earlier this month on November 15. According to the New York Times, show creator Kathie Lee Gifford, and lead producers Dick and Betsy DeVos are working hard to prevent an early closing.
NYT's Patrick Healy writes: 'While Ms. Gifford has not put her own money into the show to keep it afloat, the DeVoses agreed this week to cover the show’s financial losses for now, according to two executives involved with the show, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private business matters.'
The show grossed $194,511 last week over the Thanksgiving holiday- roughly 15.5 percent of the maximum potential. A source revealed that Gifford is 'personally passionate about the show, which she spent years developing, but that the decision to continue running “Scandalous” was not hers.'
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SCANDALOUS stars two-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello (Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Parade) as Aimee Semple McPherson, two-time Tony Award winner George Hearn (Sunset Blvd., La Cage aux Folles, Sweeney Todd) as James Kennedy and Brother Bob, Candy Buckley as Minnie Kennedy, Edward Watts (Finian's Rainbow) as Robert Semple and David Hutton, Roz Ryan (Chicago, Dreamgirls) as Emma Jo Schaeffer andAndrew Samonsky as Harold McPherson and Kenneth Ormiston.
The ensemble cast for Scandalous includes Nick Cartell, Joseph Dellger, Erica Dorfler, Carlos L. Encinias, Hannah Florence, Corey Greenan, Benjamin Howes, Karen Hyland, Alison Luff, Jesse Nager, Sam Strasfeld, Betsy Struxness, Elizabeth Ward Land, Billie Wildrick, Dan'yelle Williamson and Matt Wolfe.