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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sister Aimee bombs on Broadway

Less than a month after it opened, the Broadway musical devoted to the life of  Aimee Semple McPherson – the legendary evangelist known as Sister Aimee who founded Angelus Temple in Echo Park -  is closing this week in the wake of poor reviews. “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson,” which was created by TV host Kathy Lee Gifford, is scheduled to end on Sunday, reports The Hollywood Reporter.   Despite praise for its lead actress,  Carolee Carmelo, the rest of the production was savaged by critics, one of whom called the production “insipid and patronizing, a work that seems more at home in a church parking lot than on Broadway.”

The $9 million production received some financial backing of the Echo Park-based Foursquare Foundation, an arm of the church founded by McPherson.

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