Saving Aimee: Kathie Lee Gifford's Musical on Famous Evangelist
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Based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forster, this adaptation combines gorgeous new music with a classic story, and adheres closer to the original novel than the 1985 movie, which starred Helena Bonham Carter as the sheltered English girl Lucy Honeychurch, who's introduced to passion and love while vacationing in Tuscany. While the unforgettable Edwardian characters remain, this enchanting production takes the story to lofty heights through a terrific score and memorable new songs. When Honeychurch meets the free-spirited George Emerson, she must decide whether to remain in the life that has been chosen for her, or break free and give up everything she knows in the name of love. Learn More
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Saving Aimee is a musical with a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman.
Based on early 20th century evangelist and pop culture icon Aimee Semple McPherson, it traces the trajectory of her life and career from her childhood to her controversial death in 1944, with focus on her mysterious kidnapping and the ensuing trial. Other highlights include her becoming the first female to obtain a radio broadcast license in the United States, her cross-country drive unaccompanied by a man, her multimedia empire that included several newspapers and her interactions with such contemporaries as Charles Chaplin and William Randolph Hearst.
Carolee Carmello (Aimee) has appeared in ten Broadway shows: City of Angels, Falsettos, Parade (for which she received a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award), 1776, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, Urinetown, Lestat (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Mamma Mia!, and most recently, The Addams Family (Drama Desk nomination and Outer Critics Circle nomination). Her Off-Broadway credits include: John and Jen, Das Barbecü, Hello Again (Obie Award), A Class Act, The Vagina Monologues and Elegies. Carmello has also appeared on television in Law and Order, Frasier, Ed and Remember W.E.N.N. (SAG Award nomination) and has toured the U.S. with productions of Chess, Big River, Falsettos and Les Misérables. Her concert appearances have taken her across America and Europe, including several engagements at Carnegie Hall.
Kathie Lee Gifford (Writer/Composer) has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter and author. Though best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and currently acting as the two-time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, Gifford has always pursued projects which inspire and challenge her. Gifford made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Putting it Together in 2000, then originated the role of Marta Dunhill in Rupert Holmes' Thumbs and played Miss Hannigan in a record-breaking run of Annie at Madison Square Garden. In 2005, her first musical Under The Bridge (book and lyrics) opened off-Broadway.