Matt, Savannah and Al bring Kathie Lee to tears

Sep. 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM ET

The box office for Kathie Lee's new musical "Scandalous" opened today on Broadway and guess who were first in a long line at the Neil Simon Theatre? The TODAY anchors, who made a surprise appearance on the fourth hour with tickets in hand. Along with leading lady Carolee Carmello, who joked that she'd been there since 5 a.m., the anchors' support brought Kathie Lee to tears.

"We asked for tickets to 'The Lion King,' and they gave us these," joked Matt.

KLG, a little farklempt, thanked fans for turning out in such big numbers. "This means the world to me," she sniffed, as Al pretended to scalp his tickets.

"We love you Kathie Lee," said Savannah, adding, "Free drinks on Matt!

The show opens in New York on November 15, for the rest of you buying tickets from the comfort of your homes.

Julieanne Smolinski is a contributor who is standing in line for One Direction tickets.

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