Saving Aimee: Kathie Lee Gifford's Musical on Famous Evangelist
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The last date listed for Saving Aimee was Sunday October 16, 2011 / 1:30pm.
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This show is the real deal. A work in development? Maybe there needs to be some careful tuning of the second act to make the story line clearer ( I wonder if those who do not know the story of Aimee S.M. might be a bit confused) and shave off 15 minutes... at the same time I wonder if 15 minutes could be added to exemplify her legacy. This is a ready for prime time show. It has the historical heft and emotional cored of a show like Evita. Bravo! This show is accessible to all who enjoy strong musical theater. 5th Avenue has talk backs and pre-show talks available at select shows. Do try and go see one. I happened upon one by accident and found it added another depth to the show experience.
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.