Kristin Chenoweth and Hunter Foster Took Part In Recent Reading of New Tammy Faye Bakker Musical

News   Kristin Chenoweth and Hunter Foster Took Part In Recent Reading of New Tammy Faye Bakker Musical
 
A reading of a new musical about the life of late Tammy Faye Bakker was held in Manhattan featuring a cast led by Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth in the role of the late, heavily mascara'd evangelist.

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth

The New York Post reports that the new musical, which is entitled Rise, also featured Tony nominee Hunter Foster as Jim Bakker, Nancy Opel as Betty Ford, Clarke Thorell as Jimmy Swaggert, Robert Petkoff as Pat Robertson and Bradley Dean as Jerry Falwell.

Rise boasts a score by Dreamgirls' Henry Krieger and a book by Australian playwright Anthony Crowley.

The musical, according to the New York daily, imagines the afterlife of Tammy Faye Bakker, who founded "The PTL Club" with her husband, who later was sent to jail, in the 70s.

Producers are Avenue Q's Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller.

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