Kathie Lee Gifford Musical 'Scandalous' Opens On Broadway To Harsh Reviews
The New York Times' Charles Isherwood wrote. "Sorry, guys. 'Scandalous' isn't so much scandalously bad as it is generic and dull."
Variety wrote, "Scandalous" is another big-budget, evangelist-with-feet-of-clay tale from the hinterlands, and despite various prior incarnations, it looks woefully out of place on a Broadway stage."
Newsday lamented, "It's also not interesting, alas, at least not interesting enough to sustain 21/2 hours of fast-forward storytelling and inspirational songs that almost always end in throbbing climax."
And every reviewer had nothing but raves for Carmello. The Times, for instance, called her a "a gloriously gifted singing actress."
In the spirit of "Newsies" and "The Pajama Game," can someone please write a musical about Kathie Lee's Central American sweatshops?
Oh, how terribly, terribly horrid! And she worked for so many years on this drek. Whatever will she drone on about when this turkey closes?
Will this close as quickly as Cheyenne Jackson's (and the rest) Performers?
Why do shows have such boring, generic names these days? The Performers. Scandalous. Two unimaginative titles that signify nothing and wouldn't bring me in even if the shows were better.
She had a west coast opening on this show several years ago.
I feel kind of bad for her; she's been working on this show for a dozen years. Plus, in the Seattle tryouts, it wasn't reviewed so harshly, so you think you might have a hit or mild hit on your hands.
And for the cast--this is a job, perhaps a necessary job. So I feel badly for them.
I saw it. It's FABULOUS! The reviewers are all wrong.
It can't be FABULOUS! if it came from Kathie Lee Gifford.
[quote]It can't be FABULOUS! if it came from Kathie Lee Gifford.
We beg to differ.
Cody 'n' Cassidy
You know what would be really cool? If she died.
Was Cody in it? I lubs Cody.
Has it closed yet?
The founders of Amway, one of those family values firm are the ones that financed this turkey. Take comfort in the loss of their money.
It'll live on for years very profitably touring the flyover states and the deep south in a non-equity (sweatshop) production.
[quote] a musical about Kathie Lee's Central American sweatshops?
Kathie Lee would never exploit the children of war torn Central America.....they were Asian sweatshops.
Cody.....BRING ME THE AXE!!!! and a drink!!!!
Kathie Lee Gifford thinks she is queen of Christians. Like so many Jews (she was born Kathie Lee EPSTEIN) she has to be front and center and nothing else.
I hope it doesn't close too soon. I was hoping to see this, with a pre-theater meal at Guy Fieri's new place!!
Why does she labor under the misperception that she can sing? Even if judged on a karaoke level, her singing isn't that good. I'd be embarrassed to be on stage with that voice at all, let alone star in a musical with it.
What kind of spin are they putting on this on the Today show? I assume it is a HUGE SRO hit?
Why not just open it in Branson? Why make the fundies schlep all the way to New York to see it?
R20 is on the right track. Sometimes (long into a run, I think) you'll see a "package" with a particular Bway show and a particular restaurant; "Scandalous" and Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant ought to officially do a "package"!
(and barf bags, anyone??)