Aimee Semple McPherson, the real-life 1920s revivalist and broadcasting pioneer who rose to fame amid scandalous love affairs and controversy, which ended in a much-publicized fall from grace.
A Broadway musical stalwart for the past two decades, Carolee Carmello made her Broadway debut in City of Angels, and went on to star in Falsettos, 1776, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Kiss Me, Kate, Urinetown, Mamma Mia!, The Addams Family and Sister Act.
Other Honors for This Role:
— Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
1999: Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, Parade
2006: Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Lestat
Carmello is married to fellow Broadway actor Gregg Edelman, with whom she has two children, daughter Zoe and son Ethan.
"It’s the role of a lifetime, because you get to age from 17 to 54. [Librettist/lyricist] Kathie Lee Gifford conceived the show for two actresses, a younger and an older version. When I went in, I said, ‘Have you considered having one person play both roles?’ Kathie said, ‘That’s crazy,’ but she gave me a shot, and it’s never gone back." — Carmello in a Role Call interview with Broadway.com, 7/18/12