5 SHOWS TO SEE IF YOU'RE IN NEW YORK IN FEBRUARY - NEW YORK TIMES
By Jesse Green
February 1st, 2018
Jerry Springer — The Opera
It has taken 15 years for one of the most heralded works of 21st-century musical theater to travel from Stamford, Conn., to a serious run in New York. Stamford is where “The Jerry Springer Show” — a lowest-common-denominator TV grudge match — tapes, and New York is where the show written about it, by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee, was always meant to go.
But after a spectacular premiere in London in 2003, and a two-night concert staging at Carnegie Hall in 2008, it somehow never made the logical final step. Until now. No word yet on whether the New Group’s production, directed by John Rando and starring Terrence Mann as Springer, and Will Swenson as Satan, will involve the audience in wig-pulling fights, but it’s in a very small theater.
This is a segment of an article which originally appeared in The New York Times and can be read HERE