Kathie Lee Gifford’s ‘Scandalous’ Flops on Broadway

Today's Kathie Lee Gifford won't be adding "successful Broadway producer" to her resume anytime soon. The chat queen's Broadway musical Scandalous is set to close this Sunday, after only 31 preview performances and 29 regular shows, reports the New York Times.  

Scandalous, with a book and lyrics by Gifford, is a biographical sketch of 20th century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, founder of the Foursquare Church. The $9 million production will close at a financial loss.

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  1. Profile photo of ChristianDavis148

    So nice to see that KLG has fallen on her plastic surgery’d face after her Broadway show bombed. Now if we could only get her off of the Today Show, I’d be really happy then! I stopped watching today because of her.

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    Kathie Lee Gifford is self-righteous, hypocritical, fake “Christian” who uses her daytime talk show platform as a means to TRY to be a comedian by belittling others for her own selfish gain. I was done with her when she brought that autistic boy onto her show and basically made him cry.

    Her music is laughable and she seems to have no real purpose in life other than to annoy and nauseate.

    Listen to this woman talk for 5 minutes and you can see why Howard Stern hates her………..


  3. Profile photo of MsAgentProvocateur1

    It’s strange. I heard about this musical seemingly a long time ago but never bothered to read up on it-I had no idea Gifford was producing this. Aimee Semple was a fascinating historical figure so this should’ve been interesting- I wonder what happened?

    Anyway Ms. Gifford can take comfort (cold comfort) in knowing that there are currently many Flops on B’way. David Mamet’s Arnachist is closing earlier than anticipated due to poor reviews and poor ticket sales. The backstage drama is not disappointing however with grumblings and criticisms from Debra Winger (one of the stars) complaining about Mamet’s apparent dereliction of duties where direction is concerned. This does nothing to dispute Mamet’s reputation of being a borderline misogynist.

    Oh well.

    It’s well past time for the Great White Way to open up the door to some of us Newbies with fresh stories to tell and novel approaches in which to tell them.

  4. Profile photo of SavePortChuck

    While you all take unbridled joy in Kathy Lee’s failure on Broadway, please keep in mind that when a show closes there are a lot of hard working people who lose their jobs. Kathy Lee will walk away from this virtually unscathed while everyone else on the show hit’s the unemployment line right before the holidays.

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    SavePortChuck: Not sure to whom you are referring when you say ‘you all’ but I know more than most what is involved in launching a theater production. Unfortunately failure is nothing new, if you cannot deal with failure or risk, theater is not the field for you.

    Yes, most likely there will be some unemployed actors and a few crew members out there, which is never good. However most of the active crew, being unionized, will go on to other shows, whether off B’way or regional as the Union of Theater tradesman is one of the strongest unions out there and carpenters, designers, etc usually are ready to go where the work is. Most likely those who will be most challenged are the actors and at least they got a chance (if a brief one) to show what they are made of and will have a fighting chance to be considered for other opportunities. The ones who are at the greatest disadvantage are those who don’t get the opportunity to begin with.

    I think most theater professionals know going in, that not every musical is going to be Cats or Phantom of the Opera or Les Mis. The majority of plays and musical will not have long runs. This is the reality of Broadway. It stings (but I’m sure it stung just as much for those who didn’t even make the cut or were eliminated after the first callback) but those who are committed will soon pick themselves up and prepare for the next opportunity. It is like love, you get burned but for some reason you will open yourself up again if only for the promise and possibility for something wonderful to await you on the other side of it.

    I know for a fact that theater heads are made of strong stuff. We don’t stay down for too long.

    I do agree though that Kathie Lee Gifford will keep on moving so it’s really not much skin off her nose.
    I just wonder that if perhaps, in a more capable producer’s hands, would this musical have survived? As I stated in my earlier post, Aimee Semple was a fascinating figure from what I’ve read and seen in a documentary about her life. This should have lasted longer than it did. There must have been lots of problems with this production.

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    TV Gord

    Oh yes, I’m sure people would be lined up around the block to see a show about Aimee Semple in someone else’s hands. It must have been production problems and not a lack of interest in the subject matter. Please. There are plenty of shows to see (and many of them by newbies with novel approaches).

    I think SavePortChuck was making an excellent point. People decide they don’t like someone (in this case, Kathie Lee) and they DO take joy in any downfall, no matter who it hurts. It’s callous and it’s disheartening, and frankly, it says more about those commenting than it does about Kathie Lee.

    In an odd reverse-image sort of way, it reminds of when AMC and OLTL were cancelled. People who could not deal with the reality were grasping at anything to wring their last emotion out of it. They were beat their chests about the poor crews. Oh, woe is them!

    Of course, there was precious little concern for the crew of The Chew when IT was cancelled (even though some of those crew-members had also been on the OLTL crew). It’s SO disingenuous.

    So, if people are going to embrace Kathie Lee’s failures, they have to own up to not caring about the other people hurt, too.

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