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Elton John's Tammy Faye Bakker Musical Aims for a 2021 Premiere

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N.B. This does not say Broadway. Elton John's Tammy Faye Bakker Musical Aims for a 2021 Premiere

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Haha exactly. Next!

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There's also been a David Yazback one starring Kristin Chenoweth that feels like it's been in development since 2005,lollllll. 

I got really obsessed at watching Jim Bakker propaganda crap and he basically predicted the virus a few years ago selling his powdered food crap on his new show with his new wife of 20 years(Who is a Tammy Faye look alike). It's hilarious on how far-right it is and the products they sell.

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Does his powdered food crap cure covid? (just wonderin'Elton John's Tammy Faye Bakker Musical Aims for a 2021 Premiere

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I thought the Kristen Chenoweth one was by Henry Kreiger. I saw a reading of it.
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For anyone needing a fix on this in the mean time, Bernadette Peters & Kevin Spacey did a TV movie on the same subject (Bernadette plays Tammy), a little low quality but it should be on YouTube. One of Bernadette's stronger TV performances I think (Kevin Spacey is still learning how to act it seems). Additionally, there is an Australian musical called Miracle City that is a vague adaptation of the story, with a live cast recording on Apple Music. Most of the music is told as performers of the TV show rather than explicit diegetic. 

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Here is that fantastic Emmy Award winning 1990 NBC TV Movie FALL FROM GRACE with Spacey and Peters.  One of her finest performances.  Lifetime re-aired it frequently.

 

 

Updated On: 1/10/21 at 08:14 AM
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Tammy Faye Bakker as positive gay icon is the grift that keeps on grifting. People keep on selling it and, it seems, people keep on buying it.

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FindingNamo said: "Tammy Faye Bakker as positive gay icon is the grift that keeps on grifting. People keep on selling it and, it seems, people keep on buying it."

Maybe that will be a subplot.

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Tag said: "FindingNamo said: "Tammy Faye Bakker as positive gay icon is the grift that keeps on grifting. People keep on selling it and, it seems, people keep on buying it."

Maybe that will be a subplot.
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Doubt it.  Gays love the extremes of Tammy Faye.  They tend to forgive and forget most Divas.

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We can thank RuPaul for helping to keep pushing the Tammy Faye/gay icon narrative.
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My understanding is they're aiming at a late 2021 West End opening and a late 2022 or early 2023 Broadway opening, depending on C-19 and how quickly theatres re-open.

 

The reason political playwright James Graham was hired to write the book was to explore the political aspect of Bakker's involvement with the gay community. Graham is known for writing nuanced and unbiased scripts that explore both sides so I doubt it'll be a hagiography.

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A quote from Man In Chair seems appropriate: 

"Oh, Elton John... must we continue this charade?"

"What- and quit show business?" - the guy shoveling elephant shit at the circus.