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Scandalous: 14 Nov performances canceled

Carolee Carmello as Aimee Semple McPherson
Carolee Carmello as Aimee Semple McPherson


The Broadway musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, currently in previews, has cancelled its performances for 14 Nov 2012.

The cancellation has been caused by the show's star Carolee Carmello (Aimee Semple McPherson) being ordered by her doctor to rest her vocal cords.

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, which began previews on 13 Nov 2012, will still open on 15 Nov 2012 has planned.

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson is set in 1920's Los Angeles, where 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.

The principal cast also includes Andrew Samonsky in the dual roles of 'Harold McPherson,' Aimee's second husband; and 'Kenneth Ormiston,' the sound engineer hired by Aimee to produce her radio show during the height of her nationwide evangelic superstardom.

Edward Watts in the dual roles of 'Robert Semple,' the firey Irish evangelist from the early twentieth century who becomes Aimee's first husband; and 'David Hutton,' a charming Los Angeles actor who becomes Aimee's third husband during the height of her nationwide celebrity.

Roz Ryan as'Emma Jo Schaeffer,' the tough talking, no nonsense madame of a brothel who befriends Aimee early in her ministry and becomes a constant fixture in her life for years to come.

Candy Buckley has Aimee's headstrong and independent mother.

With book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, Scandalous will open at the Neil Simon Theatre on 15 Nov 2012, following previews from 13 Oct 2012.

Directed by David Armstrong, 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.

With choreography by Lorin Latarro and musical direction by Joel Fram, Scandalous features scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Gregory A. Poplyk, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Ken Travis.

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson is produced by Dick and Betsy DeVos, Foursquare Foundation and Jeffrey Finn, Executive Producer, in association with The 5th Avenue Theatre (David Armstrong, Executive Producer and Artistic Director; Bernadine Griffin, Managing Director; Bill Berry, Producing Director).

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