Last season's Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson with book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, may not have been a smash as a Broadway musical, but it is certainly a triumph as a recording of Carolee Carmello. Carmello received her third Tony nomination for Scandalous and it was a nod well deserved for her tour de force performance as early 20th-century superstar evangelist McPherson. Carmello brings down the house track after track with big gospel-style numbers clearly arranged to showcase her incomparable powerhouse vocals.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.