Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


'Come and see America's favourite TV host suffer the worst day of his career.' Jerry Springer the Opera, is a new opera based on America's most lurid talk show and the US host who brought worldwide television audiences programmes entitled 'Pregnant by a Transsexual', 'Here Come the Hookers'and 'I Refuse to Wear Clothes.'

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Battersea Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Festival
Richard Thomas's one act opera, Tourette's Diva, was performed at London's Battersea Arts Centre in May 2000 and featured two members of a dysfunctional family singing obscenities to each other. This led Thomas to create his one-man show How to Write an Opera About Jerry Springer, which was performed at the Centre in February 2001.

In May 2001, Thomas returned to the Battersea Arts Centre with his show How to Write an Opera About Jerry Springer, accompanied by four singers in a tiny studio theatre. It attracted positive press and investment. Stewart Lee teamed up with Thomas, and the two began to write Jerry Springer: The Opera. The show received its first performance, while still under development, at the Centre in August 2001, with a cast of twelve. It ran for a week, selling out. When the show returned to the Centre in February 2002, the three-week run sold out in advance.

The show was then performed in concert at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2002, selling out. Jerry Springer came to see the show and endorsed it, stating, "I wish I'd thought of it myself." The Edinburgh run included the introduction of character of Tremont – an amalgamation of two previous characters. Australian-born actor, Andrew Bevis, created the new role.

Following the Festival run, Nicholas Hytner offered to include the show in his opening season as director of the National Theatre in London.

National Theatre and Cambridge Theatre
The first fully staged production of the musical was performed at the National Theatre on 29 April 2003, with a cast of 33, including Bevis as Tremont and Michael Brandon as Jerry. It played to packed audiences and received favourable reviews. The show had its final performance at the National Theatre on 30 September 2003, before moving to the West End.

Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Cambridge Theatre in London
On 10 November 2003, the show opened at the Cambridge Theatre, with the same cast as the National Theatre production, and ran there until 19 February 2005, before starting a tour of the United Kingdom. The West End run was sponsored by British Sky Broadcasting. On 12 July 2004, David Soul took over the role of Jerry from Michael Brandon.

In 2004, a Broadway production was announced, and then cancelled.

2006 UK Tour
In September 2005, seven months after the show closed in London's West End, it was announced that the show would tour 21 regional theatres around the United Kingdom. Nine theatres that were originally scheduled to host the show pulled out after Christian Voice threatened to picket them. In addition, Arts Council England turned down a bid for funding, stating that the decision was based on the show's commercial pedigree rather than "pressure from extremist groups".

The tour ran for 22 weeks, starting at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth on 27 January 2006. Immediately prior to the show's opening in Plymouth, it was reported that members of the far-right British National Party were part in a local campaign against the performances, although Christian Voice claimed to disapprove of their involvement. According to Ticketmaster UK, ticket sales were good throughout the tour, and reviews were positive.

The cast for the tour included several cast members from the London cast, and American actor, Rolf Saxon, replaced David Soul as Jerry Springer. The tour had a scaled-down set and scaled-down effects as well as a smaller on-stage "audience".



Liste des chansons

Act I
"Audience Very Plainsong"
"Ladies & Gentlemen"
"Have Yourselves a Good Time"
"Bigger Than Oprah Winfrey"
"Foursome Guests"
"I've Been Seeing Someone Else"
"Chick With a Dick"
"Talk to the hand"
"Adverts 1"
"Intro to Diaper Man"
"Diaper Man"
"Montel Cums Dirty"
"This is My Jerry Springer Moment"
"Mama Gimmee Smack on the Asshole"
"I Wanna Sing Something Beautiful"
"Adverts II"
"First Time I Saw Jerry"
"Backstage Scene"
"I Just Wanna Dance"
"It Has No Name"
"Some Are Descended from Angels"
"Klan Entrance" / "End of Act One"

Act II
"Gloomy Nurses"
"Purgatory Dawning"
"Eat Excrete"
"Him Am the Devil"
"Every Last Mother Fucker Should Go Down"
"Grilled & Roasted"
"Transition Music"

"Once in Happy Realms of Light"
"Fuck You Talk"
"Satan & Jesus Spat"
"Adam & Eve & Mary"
"Where Were You?"
"Behold God"
"Marriage of Heaven & Hell"
"This is My Cheesey"
"Jerry it is Finished"
"Jerry Eleison"
"Please Don't Die"
"Take Care"
"Martin's Richard-Esque Finale De Grand Fromage"
"Play Out"

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