Scandalous Writer Kathie Lee Gifford Penning New Musical; Regis Philbin Cast
01 Aug 2014
Kathie Lee Gifford
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Kathie Lee Gifford, who wrote the libretto to the short-lived Broadway musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, is at work on a new musical project.
On the Aug. 1 broadcast of "Today's Fourth Hour," Gifford announced that Not "Today"… and Tomorrow's Not Looking Good Either, an original 18-minute musical about the "Today" show, will air on NBC prior to the network's broadcast of "Peter Pan Live!"
Gifford said on "Today," "When the producers came to me last January and said, 'We want you to write a musical about the 'Today' show,' I said, 'What? It's going to be a disaster.' They said, 'That's why we want you.' I have a little experience with disasters on Broadway!"
Regis Philbin will guest star in the musical, which features music by Scandalous collaborator David Friedman. The team at "Today" will comprise the cast.
Not "Today"… and Tomorrow's Not Looking Good Either is planned to air before year's end.
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.