So Kathie Lee, late of Regis and Kathie Lee, and other stuff, has written the book and lyrics to her own Broadway musical: Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, which is in previews now at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York, which, for the geographically challenged, is where that Broadway is located.
You all know the story of McPherson, I’m sure. She either invented golf or was a sui generis preacher who was supposedly kidnapped but really not but who disappeared for five weeks and was alleged to have gotten caught up in an affair or maybe had had an abortion, possibly even abused a hotel mini bar. All manner of sordid gossipy nastiness was thrust in her general direction. She was even put on trial.
My buddy John W. Kennedy, over at the Beliefnet blog, landed an interview with her. Not with McPherson, which would have been a real scoop, but with Kathie Lee. Here’s an excerpt.
JWK: What is your own opinion of Aimee? Do you believe that she was innocent of the allegations against her?
KLG: She was never found innocent. All charges were dropped on a technicality. Everybody else’s story fell apart in the course of the trial. Hers is the only story that never changed. I think exactly what Aimee says in the show — “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” I don’t know where she was those five weeks. It’s not even my business where she was. I don’t where she was. I’ll let the audience decide (what they think). God knows where she was and God knows her heart and I leave all judging up to Him.
JWK: One last question to cap it off. You’ve worked with Regis Philbin and you’ve worked with Hoda Kotb. How are they different?
KLG: Plumbing. They just have different plumbing. They’re both fantastic human beings with incredible senses of humor and (are) great storytellers and I love them dearly. I pinch myself sometimes that I’ve been able to be so blessed two times to work with such incredible people — and have two hit shows! You know, at this point in my life to (be on) one of the fastest growing shows in daytime television is kind of miraculous. Miracles still happen!