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Kathie Lee writes book and lyrics to musical

Kathie Lee Gifford is going "Under the Bridge."

The former daytime talk-show host has written the book and lyrics to a new musical based on the children's book "The Family Under the Bridge" by Natalie Savage Carlson.

The story follows a Parisian hobo who must give up his solitary, carefree life when he finds three children and their mother seeking shelter under the bridge he also calls home. It was a 1959 Newbery Honor Book.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer with music by David Pomeranz, "Under the Bridge" will open a 12-week off-Broadway run at the Zipper Theatre on Dec. 1. The official opening is set for Jan. 6. Ed Dixon will star as the hobo. Gifford, 51, a former Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswomen, stepped away from her "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee" chair in 2000.