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Andrew Samonsky Joins Broadway Cast of Upcoming Scandalous Musical

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Andrew Samonsky
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Drama Desk nominee Andrew Samonsky has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway musical Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, to begin previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 13, with an opening on November 15. David Armstrong will direct.

Featuring book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, the show is set in 1920's Los Angeles and is based on the life of the world's first media superstar evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, a woman whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making sensational headlines.

As previously reported, the musical will star Carolee Carmello as Aimee with George Hearn in the dual roles of James Kennedy and Brother Bobas; Roz Ryan as Emma Jo Schaeffer; and Edward Watts as both Robert Semple and David Hutton.

Samonsky has previously appeared on Broadway in Lincoln Center's revival of South Pacific. He received a Drama Desk Award nomination earlier this year for his work in Queen of the Mist. The actor will portray Harold McPherson, Aimee's second husband; and Kenneth Ormiston, the sound engineer hired by Aimee to produce her radio show during the height of her nationwide evangelic superstardom.

Scandalous will feature choreography by Lorin Latarro, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Joel Fram, scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Gregory A. Poplyk, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Ken Travis and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.

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