Booking to 3 December 2022
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.
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 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
Venue InformationAlmeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA
Nearest Tube or Train: Highbury & Islington (Victoria / Overground), Angel (Northern)
Nearest Buses: 4, 19, 30 or 43, 38, 56, 73, 341 and 476