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Elton John’s musical about Tammy Faye Bakker to land on Broadway subsequent season

NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John‘s musical about televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker is coming to Broadway from London.

“Tammy Faye” will land in New York Town all through the 2024-25 season, manufacturers mentioned Friday. John wrote the tune, whilst Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears penned the lyrics.

The musical used to be nominated for 4 2023 Olivier Awards, together with best possible musical, however misplaced the musical crown to “Status on the Sky’s Edge.” The tale is through James Graham with path through Rupert Goold.

Bakker, who died of most cancers in 2007 at age 65, has captivated pop culture. Her tale used to be advised within the RuPaul-narrated documentary “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” and that used to be changed into a Hollywood film that snagged Jessica Chastain her first Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” reverse Andrew Garfield.

In England, Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben performed Bakker, with Tony Award-nominee Andrew Rannells as her first husband, Jim Bakker. Casting for the Broadway model used to be now not introduced.

John, who simply wrapped up his ultimate excursion, has had smashing luck on Broadway — like with “The Lion King,” “Aida” and “Billy Elliot: The Musical” — but in addition a flop, “Lestat.”

Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye rose to prominence because the husband-and-wife televangelist hosts of TV’s Reward the Lord Membership from 1974 via 1987. They had been embroiled in a scandal when Bakker used to be accused of sexual attack and monetary fraud involving hush cash paid to his alleged sufferer. Tammy Faye would move directly to marry Roe Messner, who used to be himself convicted of chapter fraud in 1996.


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