Scandalous - Broadway

SCANDALOUS is based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), the world's first media superstar evangelist -- a woman whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making sensational headlines and attracting overflow crowds of thousands throughout the world. Time Magazine named Aimee Semple McPherson one the most influential people of the twentieth century.



Set in 1920's Los Angeles, holiness collides with Hollywood in this extraordinary tale of one remarkable woman's charismatic rise to fame amidst scandalous love affairs and growing controversy, inevitably ending in her much-publicized fall from grace.









Schedule

Neil Simon Theatre

(New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For Scandalous


Faith Healer Has Her Own Wounds to Tend - New York Times
“The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson,” as the show is subtitled, are actually much more fascinating than you would gather from this formulaic Broadway musical...“Scandalous"...condenses and rearranges McPherson’s story to fit smoothly into the familiar grooves of celebrity biography. In the process the show reduces McPherson’s remarkable life to a cliché-bestrewn fable about the wages of fame…“Scandalous” isn’t so much scandalously bad as it is generic and dull…Ms. Carmello, a gloriously gifted singing actress, has never managed to snag a star-making breakout role on Broadway — not all that surprising in these difficult days for musical theater. Sister Aimee certainly provides plenty of opportunities for Ms. Carmello to thrill us with the purity and power of her voice. She leads a few rousing come-to-Jesus gospel-tinged numbers with bright-beaming intensity. She delivers the climactic soul-baring ballad with plenty of emotional heat. What she cannot do — no singer without the power of miracle could — is bring distinction to songs that never rise above the serviceable.

Theater Review: 'Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson' - amNY
The Tony Award for fearless determination - if such a thing actually existed, ought to go to Kathie Lee Gifford. She has been developing and promoting her musical "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson" - for which she wrote the lyrics, book and even some of the music - for more than a decade…"Scandalous" is like a combination of "Leap of Faith," another musical about an evangelist, which flopped last spring, and "Chaplin," also a bland bio musical...The score - the work of no less than three composers - mainly consists of generic samplings from various genres: Irish jig, beer hall anthem, tambourine-shaking prayer and so on…Carolee Carmello, who has spent the past few years alternating between the tryouts of "Scandalous" and stints in "Mamma Mia!," throws all of her dramatic and vocal intensity into the role, but it is an off-putting, aggressive performance.


 



 

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by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2012
We asked you how much of an impact you think that Hurricane Sandy had on the show's closing. Check out your response below!
by BWW News Desk - December 9, 2012
The new Broadway musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson will play its final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street) today, December 9 at 3 p.m.
by Oliver Oliveros - December 9, 2012
David Pomeranz, pop hitmaker and "Scandalous" on Broadway's composer, will hold a one-night-only solo concert at 54 Below, Broadway's famed nightclub, tonight, December 9 at 7 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - December 7, 2012
New BroadwayWorld.com Poll - How much of an effect do you think Hurricane Sandy had on SCANDALOUS' early closing?
by Ben Peltz - December 7, 2012
Set during one of the most tumultuous periods in our country's history, Paula Vogel weaves several intimate stories of soldiers, escaped slaves, would-be kidnappers and the country's first couple into a comforting evening of holiday storytelling, A Civil War Christmas.  Director Tina Landau, music director Andrew Resnick and a talented ensemble of eleven tread through episodes of tragedy, racism, frivolity and hopefulness in a display that hints at, while not exactly drawing parallels to, a traditional nativity pageant.
by BWW News Desk - December 4, 2012
The new Broadway musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson will play its final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street) on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - December 3, 2012
This holiday season, the new Broadway musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson has partnered with The New York Dream Center in a new citywide community outreach initiative, 'An Evening of Dreams.'
by BWW News Desk - November 29, 2012
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.
by Oliver Oliveros - November 27, 2012
David Pomeranz, pop hitmaker and "Scandalous" on Broadway's composer, will hold a one-night-only solo concert at 54 Below, Broadway's famed nightclub, on Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - November 21, 2012
Kathie Lee Gifford, the librettist, lyricist and driving force behind the new Broadway show, Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, visits THEATER TALK with three of show's stars - Carolee Carmello, George Hearn and Roz Ryan - to discuss McPherson, the charismatic evangelist who captured America's attention in the 1920s. They also talk about life, Hota Kotb and the different forces that brought the talented quartet together to create this new American musical.
by BWW News Desk - November 21, 2012
This holiday season, the new Broadway musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson is partnering with The New York Dream Center in a new citywide community outreach initiative, 'An Evening of Dreams.'
by Walter McBride - November 18, 2012
On November 15, the company of Scandalous celebrated their opening night with the Gypsy Robe ritual with the company's recipient Carlos L. Encinias. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you full photo coverage below!
by BWW - November 16, 2012
This week - it's all about Scandalous! Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous began performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on October 13, 2012 and opened last night, Thursday, November 15.
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 16, 2012
Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalousbegan performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on October 13, 2012 and opened last night, Thursday, November 15. BroadwayWorld brings you coverage of SCANDALOUS' opening night - hear what the stars had to say below!
by Walter McBride - November 16, 2012
Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous began performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on October 13, 2012 and opened last night, Thursday, November 15. BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage from the opening night arrivals below!
by Jennifer Broski - November 16, 2012
Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous began performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on October 13, 2012 and opened last night, Thursday, November 15. BroadwayWorld brings you complete coverage of the opening night festivities - check out photos from the opening night party below!
by Jennifer Broski - November 16, 2012
BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage from the curtain call below!
by Review Roundups - November 15, 2012
Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous began performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52nd St.) on October 13, 2012. Opening Night is tonight, November 15th. Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2012
Earlier today the matinee was canceled and now both today's 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. preview performances (Wednesday, November 14) of the new Broadway musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson have been canceled. Leading lady and two-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello has been sidelined with vocal fatigue, and by doctor's orders has been placed on a brief vocal rest.