On the heels of an Olivier Award-nominated run in London’s West End, “Tammy Faye,” a new musical based on the the lives of famous televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, has set a Broadway transfer to a Nederlander-owned venue during the 2024-25 season. Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold will direct the musical, which is being produced by Rocket Stage, Greene Light Stage and James L. Nederlander.
Featuring a book by Tony nominee James Graham, music by Tony winner Elton John and lyrics by Grammy Award nominee Jake Shears, “Tammy Faye” is set in a studio in South Carolina, where Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker revolutionized religion. Seen preaching to millions of viewers 24 hours a day, Tammy just wants to put the fun back into faith. But a new wave of ministers wants people to not just feel God in their heart, but in their homes, in their schools — and in the law, too.
Joining Goold on the creative team will be choreographer Lynne Page and orchestrators Mark Dickman and Tom Deering, the latter of whom will also pen additional music and serve as music supervisor/arranger.
The production will feature scenic design by Tony winner Bunny Christie, costume design by Tony winner Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Tony winner Neil Austin, sound design by Bobby Aitken and video design by Tony winner Finn Ross.
“Tammy Faye” had its world premiere in fall of 2022 at London’s Almeida Theatre, after which it was nominated for four Olivier Awards, including Best Musical. The cast of the London staging was led by Katie Brayben — who won an Olivier for her turn as Tammy Faye — and two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (currently on Broadway in “Gutenberg!”) — whose performance as Jim Bakker netted him an Olivier nomination.
Production dates, venue and casting for the Broadway premiere of “Tammy Faye” will be announced.