Broadway musical flop costs Echo Park church foundation $2 million

A musical based on the life of legendary Echo Park evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson not only bombed on Broadway but  inflicted substantial financial damage on her church, which invested in the production.  Unnamed church officials told the L.A. Times that the Foursquare Foundation, which is affiliated with the Foursquare Church, suffered a $2 million loss when “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson,” closed in December only a few weeks after it opened on Broadway. Foundation executive director Greg Campbell left the organization  soon after Scandalous, written by Kathie Lee Gifford, ended its brief run.

The church replaced most of the members of the foundation board following in the wake of the show’s financial loss.

In addition to investing in Broadway musicals,  the Foursquare Foundation under Campbell  also built a 75-unit, senior-retirement apartment complex in Echo Park across the street from Angelus Temple where Sister Aimee preached. The foundation also began the process of developing a hilltop property on the border of Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights.


  1. Foolish investment. Two million dollars could have helped a lot of “widows & orphans”, Greg Campbell.

  2. i’ll check it out if it shows up on Netflix.

  3. This is scandalous!

  4. One thing Sister Aimee never was did in life was to flop theatrically; too bad her earthly sucessors don’t have that same magic touch.

  5. Ugh, that rehearsal footage looks like a parody of Broadway musicals. And I’m a fan of the genre.

  6. I’m wondering why it flopped. Maybe New Yorkers don’t relate to Sister Aimee?

  7. Wow, $2 million down the drain. How many needy people could have made better use of that money, which was most likely donated in the first place. Looking at her bio briefly it transpires that she was divorced three times. Leading by example, another great American “christian”.

  8. Except Sister Aimee was Canadian.

  9. It’s amazing how much you gays hate Christ and Christians. Enjoy your time in hell.

  10. Musicals and religion combined- the horror-

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