This fall, two-time Tony Award winner George Hearn returns to the Broadway stage to co-star in the new musical SCANDALOUS: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson.
In this, his 19th Broadway show, Hearn will portray the dual roles of James Kennedy, Aimee's kindhearted father; and Brother Bob, a popular preacher whose growing resentment of Aimee and her public power fuels him to vehemently discredit her from his pulpit.
He joins previously announced leading lady and two-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello (Parade, Lestat, Sister Act) as Aimee Semple McPherson.
With book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman, SCANDALOUS begins performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre (250 W. 52nd St.) on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Opening Night is set for Thursday, November 15 (6:30 p.m.).
George Hearn created the role of Max von Mayerling in the Los Angeles premiere and Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard for which he received his second Tony Award. He won his first Tony Award for originating the role of Albin in La Cage aux Folles, a role that he reprised in London and earned him an Olivier Award nomination.
He received Tony Award nominations for Putting It Together, A Doll's Life and Watch on the Rhine. He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the title role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street after having played the role on Broadway and the national tour with Angela Lansbury. He returned to the role in May, 2000 with the New York Philharmonic and in the summer of 2001 with the San Francisco Symphony and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago for a concert version that co-starred Patti LuPone.
His other Broadway appearances include Wicked, The Diary of Anne Frank with Natalie Portman; Meet Me in St. Louis; I Remember Mama with Liv Ullman; Ah, Wilderness! with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards; An Almost Perfect Person with Ms. Dewhurst; The Changing Room and A Time for Singing.
He starred in the New York City Opera's Kismet and in the all-star concert productions of Follies at Avery Fisher Hall and South Pacific at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
He appeared in many productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival and has a long association with Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. Regional productions include Promises, Promises for Ovations in Chicago; I Do, I Do; Love Letters with Rue McClanahan; and most recently The Visit at Signature Theatre with Chita Rivera.
His many television appearances include "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order," "Homicide," "Murder! She Wrote," "L.A. Law," "The Golden Girls," "Dear John," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the television films A Fire in the Dark; False Arrest; Annie: A Royal Adventure; Durango and Sarah, Plain And Tall: Winter's End.
His motion pictures include Barney's Great Adventure, See You in the Morning, The Vanishing, Sneakers, The Devil's Own and Flags of Our Fathers.
Directed by David Armstrong, SCANDALOUS is based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), the world's first media superstar evangelist -- a woman whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making sensational headlines and attracting overflow crowds of thousands throughout the world. Time Magazine named Aimee Semple McPherson one the most influential people of the twentieth century.
Set in 1920's Los Angeles, holiness collides with Hollywood in this extraordinary tale of one remarkable woman's charismatic rise to fame amidst scandalous love affairs and growing controversy, inevitably ending in her much-publicized fall from grace.