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Albany actress receives Tony Award nomination

Albany actress receives Tony Award nomination

Carolee Carmello is among those nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a

Albany native Carolee Carmello received a Tony Award nomination today for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

She was nominated for her role as the title character in "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson."

Carmello, a graduate of Albany High School and the University at Albany, was nominated along with Stephanie J. Block in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”; Valisia LeKae in “Motown The Musical”; Patina Miller in “Pippin”; and Laura Osnes in “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

It marks Carmello's third Tony Award nomination. She was nominated in 1998 for her performance as Lucille in “Parade" and in 2006 as Gabrielle in “Lestat.”

"Scandalous" opened on Broadway on Nov. 15 last year and closed a month later after 29 regular performances and 31 previews.

"Scandalous" is a biographical musical about Los Angeles evangelist McPherson, who founded the Foursquare Church. The show features a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, with music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman. Gifford later cited Hurricane Sandy as one contributing factor to the show's short run on Broadway.

"I'm prejudiced of course. I'm the mother of this show," Gifford said on NBC's "Today" show last December, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. "Hurricane Sandy was just devastating to everyone in the tri-state area. But Broadway was badly hit... nobody has really recovered. The new shows haven't."

Gifford said, "It's taken awhile to find our audience because no one knows what our show was."

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