Terrence Mann and Will Swenson will star in the company’s Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Springer – The Opera, as “Jerry Springer” and “Warm-Up / Satan,” respectively. Jerry Springer – The Opera features music and lyrics by Richard Thomas, with book and additional lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas. This new production by The New Group will feature choreography by Chris Bailey, as Joshua Bergasse, who was previously announced, has a scheduling conflict. John Rando directs. Previews begin January 23 in advance of an official opening night on Thursday, February 22. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through March 11 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).
Jerry Springer – The Opera premiered at the National Theatre in London directed by Stewart Lee (April 29 – September 30, 2003), and played on the West End at the Cambridge Theatre (October 14, 2003 – February 19, 2005).
Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! It’s The Jerry Springer Show as you’ve never seen it before, with passionate arias, soaring ballads, and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse, until violence breaks out and Jerry (Terrence Mann) must face his trickiest guest ever, the devil himself (Will Swenson). Deeply in tune with the chaos and unrestrained id of our times, Jerry Springer – The Opera, a gleefully profane musical by Richard Thomas (Music, Book, Lyrics) and Stewart Lee (Book, Additional Lyrics) is an outrageous celebration of our national ritual of public humiliation and redemption. Jerry Springer – The Opera, winner of numerous awards including an Olivier Award for best new musical, will have its Off-Broadway premiere in this production from The New Group, choreographed by Chris Bailey and directed by John Rando.
The New Group’s 2017–2018 season launched with the current world premiere of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot, directed by Scott Elliott, with Cristian DeMeo, David Levi, Moise Morancy, Josh Pais, Sadie Scott, Chloë Sevigny and Daniel Sovich (through December 23). Following this production of Jerry Springer – The Opera, the season continues with the New York premiere of David Rabe’s Good for Otto, directed by Scott Elliott, with F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rileigh McDonald, Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Rabe (begins February 2018). In Spring 2018, the company presents the world premiere of Lily Thorne’s Peace for Mary Frances, directed by Lila Neugebauer, featuring Lois Smith (begins May 2018).
Productions in The New Group’s 2017-2018 Season take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street.
Tickets for Jerry Springer – The Opera are on sale now. For single ticket purchases, please visit www.thenewgroup.org. Single tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 West 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).
The New Group’s productions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Jerry Springer – The Opera is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.