Friday, March 13

Elton John and Jake Shears new Tammy Faye Bakker Musical

Elton John and Jake Shears of The Scissor Sisters are holding an April workshop of their new musical based on the life of the infamous Tammy Faye Bakker who was an American Christian singer, evangelist, author, talk show hostess, and television personality. She initially gained notice for her work with The PTL Club, a televangelist program she co-founded with her then-husband Jim Bakker in 1974.

Rupert Goold is set to direct the musical, titled Tammy Faye-The Musical, with  a book by James Graham.

The production is currently aiming for a 2021 opening  at the West End's Almeida Theatre. Elton John will visit Los Angeles next week to work on new songs for the show.
 
Another Tammy Faye project in the works, includes a bio-musical by 'Tootsie' team David Yazbek and Robert Horn which is set to star Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth as Tammy Faye.Tony-winner Andrew Garfield and Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain will also star as Tammy and her husband, Jim Bakker, in the upcoming film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

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