Tammy Faye The Musical

Tammy Faye – A New Musical Tickets London

Almeida Theatre, London
Booking to 3 December 2022
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A new musical about the life of American televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker will open at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2022.

Tammy Faye – A New Musical is brought to the stage by a powerhouse creative team with a book by Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner James Graham (Ink, Best of Enemies, This House, Finding Neverland), lyrics by Scissor Sisters Jake Shears and music by legendary singer, songwriter and composer Elton John.

Tammy Faye – A New Musical will run at the Almeida Theatre from 14 October to 3 December 2022.

What’s the Story?

With bright red hair stacked atop her 4ft 11in frame and eyes and lips heavily made up, in the 70s and 80s Tammy Faye Bakker was religion’s answer to Dolly Parton.

An evangelist superstar beamed into the homes of Christian America, Tammy Faye and her husband Jim Bakker became the most successful televangelists of their time. Amidst the scandal of her husband’s infidelity, their excessive spending and eventual fall from grace Tammy re-emerged with her faith intact to become a gay-icon and promoter of tolerance.

Who’s in it? Tammy Faye – A New Musical Cast

Tammy Faye stars Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben (Beautiful) as Tammy Faye, Tony Award-nominee and Broadway star Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) as Jim, and Olivier Award-nominee Zubin Varla (Fun Home) as Jerry Falwell.

The cast also includes Zubin Varla, Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd and Gemma Sutton.

Creative Team

Written by Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner James Graham (Ink, This House, Finding Neverland) with lyrics by Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and music by legendary singer, songwriter and composer Elton John.

The director is Rupert Goold, and the creative team includes Choreographer Lynne Page, Designer Bunny Christie, Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay, Lighting Designer Neil Austin, Sound Designer Bobby Aitken,Musical Supervisor, Co-Orchestrator & Arranger Tom Deering, Co-Orchestrator Mark Dickman, Video Designer Finn Ross, Musical Director Oli Jackson, Casting Directors Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher, Costume Supervisor Karen Large, Prop Supervisor Lily Mollgaard, Dialect Coach Brett Tyne, Associate Director Sara Aniqah Malik, Associate Choreographer Tom Herron, Sound Associate Sam Vincent, Associate Music Director Alex Beetschen, and Associate Casting Director Richard Johnston.

Reviews

Reviews for Tammy Faye – A New Musical coming soon.


Reviews of Tammy Faye – A New Musical

★★★★ "Joyously camp" - TimeOut
★★★★ "Praise be, it’s a religious riot" - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "It reaches a delirious kind of excellence" - The Guardian
★★★★ "Camp, cutesy and hard to resist" - The Independent
★★★★ "Hallelujah! Elton John’s new musical is a riot" - i News
★★★★ "Elton John’s delirious glitz-bomb of a musical" - The Financial Times
"Spectacular entertainment" - New York Times
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 3 December 2022
Age restrictions
12+
Running time
To be confirmed

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Venue Information

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA
Nearest Tube or Train: Highbury & Islington (Victoria / Overground), Angel (Northern)
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Video: Tammy Faye starts tonight at the Almeida starring Katie Brayben, Andrew Rannells
The Almeida's new show Tammy Faye - A New Musical starts previews tonight, 14 October 2022, in London That's a day later than previously scheduled. The show is running at the Almeida to 3 December 2022. Almeida has dropped a new behind-the-scenes video of the cast's first sitzprobe rehearsal with the full band. https://twitter.com/AlmeidaTheatre/status/1580595970839937030 Tammy Faye - A New Musical stars Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben (Beautiful) as Tammy Faye and Tony Award-nominee and Broadway star Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls), as her husband Jim. Other cast includes Olivier Award-nominee Zubin Varla (Fun Home) as Jerry Falwell, Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd and Gemma Sutton. The show has an amazing pedigree, with Elton John (Disney's The Lion King) writing the music for the show, lyrics by Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, and a book by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter James Graham (Best of Enemies, Ink, BBC's Sherwood). The Almeida recently also dropped a behind-the-scenes video of rehearsals, including Katie and Andrew singing songs from the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITNAV8FI2v4 The musical looks at the true story of rise and fall of US TV evangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, who revolutionised religion in America, preaching to millions 24 hours a day. Directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, other creatives on the show include Choreographer Lynne Page, Designer Bunny Christie, Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay, Lighting Designer Neil Austin and Sound Designer Bobby Aitken. More info about Tammy Faye The Musical - A New Musical
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First Look Photos: Tammy Faye in rehearsals at the Almeida Theatre
The Almeida Theatre in London has released photos of rehearsals for the forthcoming world premiere of Tammy Faye - A New Musical. The show starts its run at the Almeida Theatre on 13 October 2022, playing to 3 December 2022. The rehearsal pics show Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben (Beautiful) as Tammy Faye, and Tony Award-nominee and Broadway star Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) as Jim, plus the wider cast including Olivier Award-nominee Zubin Varla (Fun Home) as Jerry Falwell, Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd and Gemma Sutton. Elton John (Disney's The Lion King) has written the music for the show, with lyrics by Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters, and the book is penned by James Graham (Best of Enemies, Ink, BBC's Sherwood). The musical tackles the true story of US TV evangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, who revolutionised religion in America, preaching to millions 24 hours a day. The show is directed by Rupert Goold, alongside a creative team that includes Choreographer Lynne Page, Designer Bunny Christie, Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay, Lighting Designer Neil Austin and Sound Designer Bobby Aitken. More info about Tammy Faye The Musical - A New Musical Rehearsal images of Tammy Faye The Musical Photos by Marc Brenner [ngg src="galleries" ids="869" display="pro_tile"]
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Tammy Faye The Musical to premiere at the Almeida Theatre in October 2022
The Almeida Theatre in London has announced that it is to produce the world premiere of new musical Tammy Faye. The show will run at the Almeida Theatre from 13 October to 3 December 2022. Tammy Faye stars Olivier Award-winner Katie Brayben (Beautiful) as Tammy Faye, and Tony Award-nominee and Broadway star Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) as Jim. The show also stars Olivier Award-nominee Zubin Varla (Fun Home) as Jerry Falwell. Other cast include Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd and Gemma Sutton. The show boasts music by Elton John (Disney's The Lion King), lyrics by the Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, and a book by James Graham (Best of Enemies, Ink, BBC's Sherwood). Tammy Faye is the true story about Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, who revolutionised religion in America, preaching to millions 24 hours a day as TV evangelists. Tammy just wants to put the fun back into faith, but a new wave of ministers wants you not to just feel God in your heart, but in your homes, in your schools and in the law too. Directing duties go to Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, with a creative team that includes Choreographer Lynne Page, Designer Bunny Christie, Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay, Lighting Designer Neil Austin, Sound Designer Bobby Aitken, Musical Supervisor, Co-Orchestrator & Arranger Tom Deering, Co-Orchestrator Mark Dickman, Video Designer Finn Ross, Musical Director Oli Jackson, Casting Directors Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher, Costume Supervisor Karen Large, Prop Supervisor Lily Mollgaard, Dialect Coach Brett Tyne, Associate Director Sara Aniqah Malik, Associate Choreographer Tom Herron, Sound Associate Sam Vincent, Associate Music Director Alex Beetschen, and Associate Casting Director Richard Johnston. More info about Tammy Faye The Musical
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New Tammy Faye Musical by Elton John & Jake Shears heads to the Almeida
The new musical based on the rise and fall of US televangelist Tammy Faye and her husband Jim Bakker is heading to the Almeida Theatre in London. Directed by the theatre's artistic director Rupert Goold, Tammy Faye The Musical (title to be confirmed) features a book by award-winning playwright James Graham (Best of Enemies, Ink), music by pop superstar Elton John (Disney's The Lion King), and lyrics by The Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears. Tammy Faye The Musical will open in early Autumn at the Almeida Theatre. Fox Searchlight recently released a movie about Tammy and her husband Jim Bakker called The Eyes of Tammy Faye, starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield, and directed by Michael Showalter. Chastain has been nominated for an Oscar for the role. Tammy Faye & her husband Jim Bakker American evangelist Tammy Faye Messner, with her former husband Jim Bakker, founded one of the leading televangelist groups in the US in the late 70s and 80’s. Widely known for her eccentric and glamorous persona on and off-air, Tammy Faye was religion’s answer to Dolly Parton. However, their lavish lifestyle all came crashing down amidst the scandal of her husband’s infidelity, their excessive spending and eventual fall from grace. Tammy re-emerged from all this with her faith intact to become a gay-icon and promoter of tolerance. Tammy died of cancer in 2007 aged 65. Elton John, whose credits include Disney's The Lion King and Billy Elliot, is also working on the musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. James Graham's recent play Best of Enemies recently completed a successful run at the Young Vic starring David Harewood and Charles Edwards. Rumours persist that he is still working on another musical: an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, with music by Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater (Sister Act). Also see our previous post about Tammy Faye The Musical, including James Graham talking about the show. More about Tammy Faye The Musical

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