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Elton John’s ‘Tammy Faye’ Musical Is Coming to Broadway

Elton John’s ‘Tammy Faye’ Musical Is Coming to Broadway

After a successful run in London’s West End, Elton John’s musical about the life of 1980s televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker will make its Broadway debut this fall.

Tammy Faye is a very not-safe-for-the-little-ears musical featuring music by Elton John, lyrics by Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and a book by James Graham (Finding Neverland) that tells “the story of a traveling preacher’s wife who beamed into homes with a message of hope … and stole the country’s heart.”

The show’s description says:

“It’s the 1970s, and for the very first time, satellites are bringing cable television into American homes. As families gather in their living rooms, young preacher Jim Bakker and his wife Tammy Faye hit the airwaves to build a nationwide congregation and put the fun back in faith. But while Tammy dazzles on screen, rivals plot behind the scenes, jealous of her popularity and threatened by her determination to lead with love.”

Andrew Rannells will play Jim Bakker, and Katie Brayben will reprise her Olivier Award–winning performance as Tammy Faye, making her Broadway debut.

Tammy Faye hopes to “shine a sparkling light on the generous, loving, often lonely soul behind the illustrious lashes.”

Performances start on October 19, leading up to an opening night on November 14 at the legendary Palace Theatre in New York City. It will be the first Broadway musical to play the venue following an extensive renovation.

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