I recently saw Scandalous the Musical. It was about two weeks into previews, so some changes were definitely happening, according to my top secret source (My friend and I got to chat with Kathie Lee Gifford for a few moments before the show).
Scandalous was almost three hours long. And it felt long. The very beginning is slow, but once Aimee Semple McPherson has her conversion experience, things pick up fast. The whole middle chunk of the show is exciting and invigorating. There are some amazing songs in there, and some wild action. There’s tragedy and sadness. There’s joy and exaultation.
And then it stops. Suddenly.
Like slamming on the breaks, and everything feels tired and exhausted. It trudges on to an ending that left me feeling…mystified. Wait, what? It’s over? What was that ending about?
Unfortunately for Scandalous, it brought back memories of Leap of Faith from last year. A couple of the sets looked like they bought them straight from Leap of Faith and just touched them up a bit. The costumes were completely different, but the revival tent was still there (although, I liked this tent MUCH better!).
Fortunately, Aimee Semple McPherson was a little more genuine than Jonas, and that gives this show a lot of potential. There’s a good story there, but t’s nowhere near as shiny as the apple that in the logo. Two weeks into previews, and the show still needed a bit of work. At the same time, there were another two weeks until opening night, so hopefully it gets cleaned-up quickly! I’d hate to watch this become the next Bonnie and Clyde.