TODAY | November 15, 2012
>>> is a big day for a certain member of our "today" show family. kathie lee opens on broadway tonight.
>> not broadway out in iowa, we're talking about broadway in new york city . she wrote the book and lyrics to this new original musical, made every single costume that you're going to be seeing. and who better to give us a behind-the-scenes look than her partner hoda.
>> we are less than ten hours away from curtain. and i can tell you, this has been a labor of love for kathie lee . and she has mentioned her show on our show just a couple of times.
>> just a couple?
>> we have a little show called "scandalous."
>> let's talk about "scandalous."
>> kathie lee gifford 's musical is going to broadway .
>> yeah, baby.
>> should we sing the song?
>> hooray for hollywood . from shirley temple --
>> everybody knows shirley temple but they don't know amy simple.
>> but kathie lee 's out to change that with "scandalous," the musical based on amy .
>> she was a woman of history who has fallen through the cracks. she went on to become the most scandalous, controversial, yet celebrated woman of her day.
>> you're drifting away from the face of your fathers.
>> 12 years i've been actually physically writing it and trying to get it produced on broadway .
>> everybody agrees she was the best, though, right?
>> she was really, really strong, yeah.
>> we've had four workshops, i think. two large out of town regional productions, well over 1,000 re-writes. it's all part of the process .
>> with every chance i got.
>> carol lee carmelo in my mind is the finest working actress in musical theater . there's not another actress ibd think of that could play amy the way carol lee does.
>> this is amy 's home away from home, it's the theater on broadway . an exciting time, the crew, the cast, the team, have been working around the clock to get this baby ready for opening night . are they ready? come on, let's go backstage and find out.
>> hoda woman.
>> is it time?
>> almost. we're about half an hour from curtain.
>> wait, stage time.
>> you are center stage , this is the neil simon theater . would you like me to introduce you to some of the folks?
>> take me back.
>> this way.
>> of course.
>> we heard rumors that the hottie with the body ed watts is in here.
>> one of the highlights for many of the women.
>> do you get to see something happening beneath this robe. what could it be?
>> he plays adam.
>> wait --
>> adam and eve .
>> good to see you, bye.
>> are you talking?
>> hope he makes it for curtain.
>> opening night 's knocking on the door, are you ready?
>> i'm ready.
>> girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
>> yeah, sing a little of it. girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do a girl don't gotta do it no more
>> how does it feel being this close to opening, girl?
>> i'm scared to death. carmel my wonderful wig master is prepping my hair to be put under two wig caps, and here are my microphones which live on the back of my head.
>> in case one goes out.
>> that's right. because i never leave the stage, really.
>> you've been in this project since the infancy.
>> yeah, the early '40s. can you believe it? it's like opening night on broadway .
>> you know -- she doesn't know to kiss me or curse me.
>> you are going to sit there in the audience and watch that curtain go up on opening night . what will that be like?
>> i think that's when it's finally going to hit me. it's my child and i had a lot of help birthing it and i hope it'll live forever and touch people's lives.
>> thanks for that lovely, lovely piece. thank you, hoda.
>> so excited.
>> you're welcome.
>> we've got our tickets.
>> i am so grateful for the support around here has been unbelievable. what i'll always remember the most is you guys just -- just right there for me and supporting me and understanding what a passion this has been for me.
>> look what we have for you.
>> you should be getting some wine ready for the 10:00 show.
>> thank you. congrats, kath.
>> and i thought for sure that witch from philadelphia was going to win.
>> i thank you, good luck.
>> break a leg .
>> break two.
>> i'll break two chubby ones.