Not so heavenly reviews for new musical Scandalous–Review Round-Up

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Scandalous Review Round-Up

In suit with the recent trend of heavenly musicals (Leap of Faith, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sister Act, The Book of Mormon), Scandalous, with book and lyrics my longtime morning television host Kathy Lee Gifford, opened on Broadway November 15 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Scandalous is a new musical based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, the world’s first media superstar evangelist, whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making headlines. Set in 1920′s Los Angeles, holiness collides with Hollywood in the extraordinary tale of one woman’s charismatic rise to fame amidst scandalous love affairs and growing controversy, inevitably ending in her much-publicized fall from grace.

The show’s star, Carolee Carmelo, earns solid reviews, but the rest of the production isn’t received so kindly. Though the life of Aimee Semple McPherson was obviously full of sensationalism, the musical fails to capture her light. The composer, lyricist, librettist, director, choreographer and producers are all Broadway first-timers and critics agree that they have some learning to do.

Twitter, however, is full of fans/

Here is our review round-up: