Scandalous - Broadway

Carolee Carmello stars in this new musical co-written by Kathie Lee Gifford.

Story

What Is the Story of Scandalous?

Set in the 1920s, Scandalous is about the life of early revivalist and broadcasting pioneer Aimee Semple McPherson. It follows her life and career from her childhood to her controversial death in 1944, focusing on her mysterious "kidnapping" and the ensuing trial. Other highlights include Aimee leaving her second husband to travel the country and hold tent revivals, founding the Foursquare Church in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman to obtain a radio broadcast license in the United States, her multimedia empire and her interactions with contemporaries such as Charles Chaplin and William Randolph Hearst.

Should I See It?

What Is Scandalous Like?

Scandalous is a big-time Broadway musical, complete with elaborate dance numbers, glitzy costumes and a colorful real-life heroine, Aimee Semple McPherson. Tony nominee Carolee Carmello stars as a charismatic preacher who loved to put on religious pageants to move an audience, and was known for good deeds, for forming a Hollywood-style church and, later on, for a scandalous incident involving a claimed kidnapping. Carmello plays McPherson from her youth to her death at age 53. The show is a longtime passion project of book writer and lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford, who collaborates with composers David Friedman and David Pomeranz.

Is Scandalous Good For Kids?
Scandalous is a mostly a wholesome theatrical experience with all the expected pizzazz and style. There’s a brief scene in a brothel and quick references to sex, but no more than a PG movie would include. If your child sits attentively through musicals on DVD, she’s likely to enjoy seeing the extravagant lights, sets and costumes in person.