Tammy Faye Baker: The Musical

If you are going to look for drama writ big …and what do musicals love more than their drama writ big … then the narrative arc of that lachyrmose kewpie doll Tammy Faye Baker calls out for Adaptation.

And not the kind where Meryl Streep hunts orchids but the kind where eyelashes grow wild … where tears flow like sooty rivers … where Preachers fall and Scandals rise and the PTL: People That LOVE get huge implants and date Sam Kinison . Hell why stop at a musical … sounds like there’s a ride at Disney World and a SIMS game in there as well

Broadway world reports that the project is underway:

A new musical, BIG TENT, based on the life of Tammy Faye Bakker, currently being developed

The musical will chronicle Tammy’s extraordinary and turbulent rise to fame. Whether helping to create and maintain a large TV network, speaking out on behalf of AIDS awareness, or coping with the sex and fundraising scandals that brought down her husband Jim Bakker, Tammy took it all with a certain style and dignity.

In the era of Jerry Springer the Opera – widely acknowledged to be a contemporary masterwork – inspiration flows from all sources. And TFB …. Who is now actually Tammy Faye Messner — has always had a crazy aunt, sad clown, nice lady charm that cut through the years of caricature. And what does musical gotta have more than anything else … it’s gotta have heart … Tammy Faye has plenty to spare.

Check out the Myspace page for musical previews
For more information on the show and to hear demo versions of several songs, visit its myspace at: www.myspace.com/tammymusical.

pic via TammyFaye.com

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  1. Girlygrrl says:

    The hair, makeup and costumes on this would be a scream to work with, no?

  2. UrbanDK says:

    Ridi, Pagliaccio,
    sul tuo amore infranto!
    Ridi del duol, che t’avvelena ilcor!

  3. MaiGirl says:

    Honestly, I like this woman. The documentary, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, is really good. I wish more mainstream Christians were as open-minded as her; she really did do a lot to open discussions about contraversial topics in the Christian community. Plus, she has some lovely bling (well….not all of it is lovely).

    I’d watch this play if it was cheap and in my area, for shits and giggles alone.

  4. Anonymous says:

    See how nice you are … your momma raised you rigt

  5. SillyWilly says:

    I loved her on the Surreal Life! One of her housemates was Ron Jeremy. Those two were a riot together.

  6. UrbanDK says:

    Isee great things in the future of Big Tent … Im happy something so positive and musical is coming along for TFB

  7. woodhorse says:

    although Tammy Faye married into the family, that’s BAKKER not Baker

  8. SHUT UP! A TAMMY FAYE MUSICAL! I am buying my tickets right now, seriously, I will be in the first row. A bit of “TF” trivia—when she remarried, she married a dude from my hometown of Wichita, KANSAS. That is class, my friends.

  9. G says:

    I knew her as a child, an innocent, spoiled child. She has courage, faith, honesty, sincerity, an unbiased nature that is almost unheard of today. So she has managed to sustain her innocence (AH! that more could!)& that requires much faith! She has pain, much pain. God’s Blessings on her & her family.

  10. tffan says:

    There’s another Tammy Faye musical out there making the rounds in the country called ‘The Gospel According to Tammy Faye”.

    I saw that one in Houston, and saw the Big Tent concert in NYC back in may.

    I hate to say this, but “The Gospel” is by far and away the better show. Better songs, more imagination.

    BUT, I’m a TF fan, so I’d see them both again anyway.