Kathie Lee's Show Is Bleeding Money

Categories: Theater

3.160717.jpg
Scandalous is the new Broadway musical about faith healer Aimee Semple McPherson, which opened to less than stellar reviews (though I found stuff to admire in it).

And it's not a hit.

In fact, the last weekly statistics that came out had the show---which features a script and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford--only filling a third of the theater and making a mere 15.51% of the gross potential!

That's a whole lot of empty and/or discounted seating.

Some nights it must seem like there are more people onstage than in the audience, lol.

The show pulled in $194,511, which admittedly is more than the Golden Boy revival made, but that show's in a smaller theater and it's still in previews; if it gets good reviews, it could enjoy a box office bump.

Scandalous is scandalously losing money--as opposed to something like, say, Wicked which made $2,290,819 in the same period--but the producers stubbornly haven't posted a closing notice yet.

Among those producers is the Foursquare Foundation, which is affiliated with the Foursquare Church, which Aimee herself founded.

I guess they have faith--or need a tax writeoff.

Or are praying for a miracle.

Or they're just plain nuts!

My Voice Nation Help
9 comments
suburbanoinker
suburbanoinker

They're just one of the producers, as stated. There are others.

newyorktheater
newyorktheater

Why would they need a tax write-off? As a church and/or non-profit foundation, don't they avoid paying taxes?

bethesda
bethesda topcommenter

When Faith Healer flopped bigtime last season, these producers should have pulled the plug on this one.

SouthernDave
SouthernDave like.author.displayName 1 Like

Kathie Lee is to musical theater what Jeffrey Dahmer was to refrigerated leftovers.

ladybug9
ladybug9

Couldn't happen to worse producers--the Foursquare Church that Aimee founded, which tries to "cure" the gays!

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

(A) The story is too old...most folks don't know who she was.

(B) More recent religous types messed up more spectacularly.

(C) Kathie Lee's life would have made a more compelling drama (if she tells the truth)...marginally.

Elster
Elster

Or Kathie Lee is bankrolling it herself.

jackson30
jackson30 topcommenter

People should line up outside demanding "Close it! Close it!" They'd finally have an excited crowd.

suburbanoinker
suburbanoinker

Wicked made over 2 million and Scandalous couldn't even break 200,000???? SAD!!!!

Loading...