Foursquare Church Loses Millions From SCANDALOUS Investment
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by BWW News Desk
Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson played its final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre on December 9, after playing just 31 previews and 29 regular performances. According to the Los Angeles Times, the musical, which was written by Kathie Lee Gifford and led by Carolee Carmello, received significant funds from the very establishment that McPherson created decades ago- the Foursquare Church.
Acting as one of the show's major investors through its Foursquare Foundation, insiders recently revealed that it contributed around $2 million to the musical. After the show closed, the foundation's executive director and most of the board members were replaced because of 'dissatisfaction with the decision to invest in a Broadway musical.'
A representative told LAT: "Many people took issue with the foundation's narrow scope regarding evangelism, the difficulty of the grant process, and, most recently, the decision to invest in 'Scandalous: The Life and Times of Aimee Semple McPherson."
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Scandalous is based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), the world's first media superstar -- a woman whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making sensational headlines and attracting overflow crowds of thousands throughout the world. Set in 1920's Los Angeles, holiness collides with Hollywood in this extraordinary tale of one remarkable woman's charismatic rise to fame amidst Scandalous love affairs and growing controversy, inevitably ending in her much-publicized fall from grace.