Wednesday, June 19, 2024

First a Movie, Now a Musical: “Tammy Faye” with Music by Elton John Headed to London and then…Broadway?


Jessica Chastain is up for an Oscar as Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” She may even win!

Now Baz Bamigboye reports for the Daily Mail that Elton John and his pal Jake Shears (of Scissor Sisters fame) have written songs for a musical. It’s going to open in the fall in Islington, London’s prestigious Almeida Theater directed by their artistic director, Rupert Goold. The book is by Tony–nominated playwright James Graham.

Will it come to Broadway? You know, if Sir Elton is involved, they’re not kidding. What drew Elton to this material? Undoubtedly Tammy Faye’s incredible early support of AIDS patients. That is, after she and Jim Bakker ripped off thousands of their TV followers. See, she redeemed herself!

The only question remaining is can Jessica Chastain sing? We know Andrew Garfield can!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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