'Tammy Faye' musical to premiere on Broadway in 2024-25 season

Elton John and Scissor Sisters's Jake Shears co-wrote the music for this new show based on the life of the infamous televangelist and her husband, Jim Bakker.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Spread the good word! The new musical Tammy Faye is set to premiere on Broadway in the 2024-25 season. Exact dates and a venue have yet to be set, though the show will go up at one of the nine Broadway theatres owned by the Nederlander Organization.

Tammy Faye tells the larger-than-life story of how the televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband, Jim Bakker, revolutionized religion, clashing with more traditional religious groups in the process. The show features music by Elton John, lyrics by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters (Kinky Boots), and a book by James Graham (Ink).

Called "a heavenly pleasure" and "gloriously, ecstatically camp" in a four-star London Theatre review, the show premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in 2022. The following year, Tammy Faye earned four Olivier Award nominations, including for Best New Musical.

Two-time Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold (Ink, King Charles III) directed the London premiere and will return for the Broadway production. Tammy Faye also features choreography by Lynne Page; orchestrations by Tom Deering and Mark Dickman; music supervision, arrangements and additional music by Tom Deering; scenic design by Bunny Christie, costume design by Katrina Lindsay; lighting design by Neil Austin; sound design by Bobby Aitken; and video design by Finn Ross.

Casting for Tammy Faye on Broadway has yet to be announced. Katie Brayben and Andrew Rannells played the Bakkers in London.

The Tammy Faye musical is not associated with The Eyes of Tammy Faye, the 2021 film about the Bakkers for which Jessica Chastain won an Oscar.

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