Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scandalous on Broadway ( @ScandalousBway ) I have a Soundtrack to Give Away, and Tickets, Too!

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Scandalous the Musical

  • Now in Preview on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theater
  • The Show will Officially "Open" on November 15th
  • Book and Lyrics Written by Kathie Lee Gifford 
  • Music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman
  • Directed by David Armstrong and Choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
  • Starring Carolee Carmello as Aimee Semple McPherson
  • Tickets are Available, and Range From $57.00 to $135.00
  • Two Hours and 45 Minutes (Which Includes a 15 Minute Intermission)
  • Tickets for SCANDALOUS are on Sale Through March 31, 2013
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Take advantage of this special offer to  BUY ONE GET ONE TICKET FREE now through November 18th. 
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Before last week, I had not heard of Aimee Semple McPherson.  Now that I have, I have to say, she was certainly an interesting woman.  This show, Scandalous, is a musical production that is a tribute to her life, and an acknowledgement to the work she accomplished, and her legacy that carries on.  The show is set in the 1920's.

Even as a young girl, Aimee was not one who liked to be told what to do.  She clashed with her very strict mother, but luckily, she was the apple of her father's eye.  Somehow, while trying to break free from her stark Biblical upbringing, she ran right into the arms of an evangelical preacher!  Their life together was cut short by tragedy.  Once again, Aimee tried to turn from God, but God still called her name.

After a near death experience of her own, she left the safe, easy, but spirit draining life that she thought was her destiny.  She picked up her two children and a few belongings before heading out into the world to preach His word.

It did not go very well at first, but she kept at it.  Finally, with her mother's good sense and Aimee's passion, they began to draw some crowds at their tent meetings. Sister Aimee made a name for herself.

Well met by the people of Hollywood, California, Sister Aimee drew the crowds.  She also drew the wrath of a local minister.  What the man did not realize was that Aimee Semple McPhearson did not like to be told what to do.  She decided that her formerly traveling ministry would set down stakes right there in Hollywood.

She built her church, and the people came.  Her manner of preaching was theatrical, outrageous for the time, and amazingly popular.  She was under constant scrutiny.  She was also her own worst enemy.  The more popular she became, the more work she took on.  She worked, and she preached, and she healed - and eventually she took to the airwaves.
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As I mentioned, this was all taking place in the 1920's.  This wasn't typical woman's work.  This wasn't typical preaching.  The fact that she was once widowed, now divorced, and rumors of possible romantic ties to a scoundrel, or maybe a married man (or both!) didn't help either.  Reporters followed her everywhere, and if they could not find any good stories they made them up.  The more traditional clergy wanted her gone  (she was taking all of their business!) the press hounded her, and she was so busy taking care of everyone else, she forgot to take care of herself.

The story begins during a court trial where she is facing some scandalous accusations.  It then backtracks, and tells the story of how she got to that place.  It ends by showing us how the trial turned out, telling us how she spent the remainder of her life, the amazing legacy that she left behind, and the lives that are still touched because she lived.

My biggest takeaway from the show was that no matter how flawed we may be, our lives matter.  We don't have to be saints in order to do good works - we only have to do good works, and let them speak for themselves.  Also - When God talks, listen!

Several times in the show, Amiee speaks to people who are desperate and forlorn.  They are the same words that were spoken to her when she was desperate and forlorn.  There is a song that she repeats when she needs to keep her focus and not give up, like a manta.

Although the show is about an Evangelical preacher, it is a show for anyone.  The man beside me was wearing a yarmulke, and the couple in front of me were both male, I am a Catholic.  The diverse crowd clapped, smiled, and enjoyed the show.

I should also mention that there are some PG moments.  There is a bit of language, some suggestive scenes, and one scene is even set in a brothel where the girls are dressed for work.  Their song is slightly colorful and so is the choreography that goes with it, but it is an integral part of the story.  It is entirely appropriate that it was included.

The show is a bit long.  With the 15 minute intermission, the 8PM show ended just before 10:45.  It is also very much a musical - with lots of song and dance throughout.  Carolee Carmello sings beautifully for almost the entire 2 and a half hours.  She is paired perfectly with Roz Ryan.

Now, for fans of  Broadway musicals, I have an exciting giveaway.  One of you will win the Scandalous Soundtrack on CD.  There is also a bonus for the winner.  If you can make it to the the show on Saturday, November 10th at 8pm at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City on West 52nd Street - you will ALSO win TWO FREE tickets.

 Because of time constraints, this giveaway will close at 12:01 AM on November 5th.  Use the Rafflecopter form below, and be careful to follow the instructions for each step.

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