Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Elton John’s “Tammy Faye” Broadway Musical Loses “Book of Mormon” Star Andrew Rannells Over Money


Tammy Faye Bakker (pronounced Baker) is back to looking for her Jim.

Elton John’s musical about the televangelist couple has lost star Andrew Rannells just three months before the show is supposed to open on Broadway.

Andrew Rannells, of “Book of Mormon” and “Gutenberg” fame, says he’s out, and the reason is money.

Rannells told this to, of all places, the CBS Mornings crew on the red carpet last night before the Tony Awards.

The Tony winner called the reason “contract” problems, which means the producers weren’t meeting his asking price.

Rannells starred in the original production at London’s Almeida Theater where he got terrific reviews.

This news leaves “Tammy Faye” looking for a name star to replace Rannells if this negotiating tact doesn’t work. The actress playing the lead role, Katie Brayben, is British and totally unknown here. The show will need a name star to play Jim Bakker — not to mention a few other names — even with Elton John as a drawing card.

How nice for CBS to get the scoop — since the Tony’s were on CBS, and so many other journalists were blocked from the red carpet.
Roger Friedman
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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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