Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Elton John's New Tammy Faye Musical? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Elton John's New Tammy Faye Musical?

Penned by John, Jake Shears, and James Graham, Tammy Faye A New Musical makes its world premiere at London's Almeida Theatre.

Andrew Rannells and Katie Brayben in Tammy Faye Marc Brenner

Critics are sharing their reviews of Elton John, Jake Shears, and James Graham's Tammy Faye A New Musical. The show makes its world premiere at London's Almeida Theatre, where it began previews October 14 and opened October 26. The limited engagement runs through December 3.

Olivier winner Katie Brayben (Beautiful) stars as Tammy Faye, joined by Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) as Jim and Olivier nominee Zubin Varla (Fun Home) as Jerry Falwell under the direction of Artistic Director Rupert Goold. 

Read the reviews here.

All That Dazzles (Daz Gale)

The Arts Desk (Gary Naylor)

Broadway World (Cindy Marcolina)

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

Financial Times (Sarah Hemming)*

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

Independent (Jessie Thompson)

iNews (Fiona Mountford)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

The Stage (Sam Marlowe)*

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)*

The Times (Clive Davis)*

Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski)

Whats On Stage (Sarah Crompton)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The cast also includes Kelly Agbowu, Amy Booth-Steel, Colin Burnicle, Ashley Campbell, Peter Caulfield, Danny Collins, Richard Dempsey, Fred Haig, Georgia Louise, Robyn Rose, Nicholas Rowe, Martin Sarreal, Steve John Shepherd, and Gemma Sutton. The band features Alex Beetschen, Clive Dunstall, Mark Aspinall, Justin Morris, Danny Short, Nic Breakspear, and James Gambold.

With music by John, lyrics by Shears, and a book by Graham, the production features choreography by Lynne Page, design by Bunny Christie, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Bobby Aitken, musical supervision, co-orchestrations, and arrangements by Tom Deering, co-orchestrations by Mark Dickman, video design by Finn Ross, musical direction by Alex Beetschen, casting by Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher, orchestral management by Justin Pearson, orchestral consulting by David Gallagher, props supervision by Lily Mollgaard, costume supervision by Karen Large, wigs, hair, and makeup supervision by Suzanne Scotcher, and dialect coaching by Brett Tyne.

Serving as associate director is Sara Aniqah Malik, with Tom Herron as the associate choreographer, Verity Sadler as the design associate, Sam Vincent as the sound associate, Henrique Ghersi as the video associate, and Richard Johnston as the associate casting director.

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Photos: Inside Rehearsals For Elton John's New Musical Tammy Faye


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