Jerry Springer — The Opera in Concert to Play Carnegie Hall

News   Jerry Springer — The Opera in Concert to Play Carnegie Hall At long last Jerry Springer — The Opera will arrive in New York City, but it is bypassing Broadway for a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall in January 2008.
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer — The Opera in Concert will play Jan. 29 and 30 at the famed New York venue. Jason Moore (Avenue Q) will direct with musical direction by Stephen Oremus (Wicked). Featuring music by Richard Thomas with book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Thomas, Jerry Springer—The Opera began as a "scratch night" event in 2001, then underwent a number of workshops before making a splash — also in a concert version — at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002. National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner picked up the work as his first production.

The opera extended twice at the National's Lyttleton Theatre, where it was recorded live for a Sony Music UK double CD release. The work then transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre — where it won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Jerry Springer played a March 17 benefit concert at MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas and received its first full American production in May at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre.

The Carnegie stint of Jerry Springer will be produced by David J. Foster, Jared Geller and Avalon Promotions.

Director Moore earned a Tony Award nomination for his work on Avenue Q. His other New York credits include Broadway's Steel Magnolias and Off-Broadway's The Crumple Zone and Guardians. He is currently at work on the Roundabout Underground's debut of Speech & Debate and will helm the forthcoming Shrek: The Musical.

Ticket and casting information will be announced shortly.