Kathie Lee Gifford's 'Scandalous' new musical is Broadway-bound

July 19, 2012 at 9:17 AM ET

Kathie Lee was up early Thursday morning, joining Matt, Natalie, Savannah and Al on the plaza with a huge announcement.

"I can't even believe the words are coming out of my mouth today," she said. "A lot of weird words have come out of my mouth over the years, but we're announcing today that a musical I've been writing for going on 13 years now will be coming to Broadway this fall."

The musical, which ran in Seattle late last year, is called "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson." It's based on the true story of a 1920s evangelist and broadcasting pioneer.

Co-written by Kathie Lee, the show will star Carolee Carmello, and Kathie Lee noted that she got to help cast the smoldering leading man, Ed Watts.

KLG said she wrote the musical because McPherson was the most interesting woman she's ever read about. "Scandalous beyond belief," she said. "There's still great mystery about her."

The show opens on November 15 (box office opens August 20) at the Neil Simon Theater; click here for more information. Congrats, KLG!

Julieanne Smolinski is a contributor and biographical musical superfan.

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