Carolee Carmello Will Star in Kathie Lee's Saving Aimee Musical

News   Carolee Carmello Will Star in Kathie Lee's Saving Aimee Musical Carolee Carmello will play the superstar evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in the world premiere of Saving Aimee, the musical by Kathie Lee Gifford.
Carolee Carmello will star in Saving Aimee.
Carolee Carmello will star in Saving Aimee. Photo by Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, announced partial casting for the spring production that will be directed by artistic director Eric Schaeffer.

Performances will play Signature's mainstage MAX space April 10-May 13.

Carmello, a Tony Award nominee for Lestat and Parade, performed in an earlier Schaeffer-directed workshop production of Saving Aimee in White Plains, NY. At one time, the project was called Hurricane Aimee.

The cast will also include Florence Lacey as Mrs. Kennedy, E. Faye Butler as Emma Jo and Ed Dixon as Brother Bob/Mr. Kennedy with Doug Bowles, Larry Hylton, James Gardiner, Diego Prieto, Harry A. Winter, Ellen Marsh, Meghan Touey and Tammy Roberts.

Both Dixon and Lacey appeared Off-Broadway in Under the Bridge, Gifford's family-friendly musical directed by Schaeffer. Saving Aimee has book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman.

According to Signature, "Long before Gloria Steinem there was a feminist who stood up against a male-dominated religious society. Long before O.J. Simpson there was a famous defendant in the trial of the century. Long before Madonna there was a free spirit who ignored the sexual mores of her day and married three times. And long before Marilyn Monroe there was a beloved American treasure who mysteriously died from an overdose of barbiturates. Based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, Saving Aimee is the story of one woman's life from her humble upbringing in a 'Salvation Army' family to her ascension as the charismatic founder of the Four Square Gospel Church. She changed the face of the pulpit, but was she a true woman of God or just one hell of a woman?"

For more information, visit www.signature-theatre.org.

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Into the Woods is the current occupant of The MAX. Sarah Kane's Crave is playing the ARK space at Signature's new $16 million complex.

Carolee Carmello and company in an earlier workshop presentation of <i>Saving Aimee</i>.
Carolee Carmello and company in an earlier workshop presentation of Saving Aimee. Photo by Joan Marcus