Performances are scheduled through Sept. 28 at the Gilman Opera House. The opera premiered at London's Royal Opera House in 2011.
Thomas is known as the author of Jerry Springer: The Opera. Turnage has penned the operas The Silver Tassie and Greek.
The cast features a mix of classical and Broadway performers including Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole, James Barbour (A Tale of Two Cities) as Daddy Hogan, Rod Gilfry (South Pacific) as Stern, Christina Sajous (American Idiot) as Blossom, Mary Testa (A New Brain, Queen of the Mist) as Aunt Kaye, Susan Bickley as Virgie, Robert Brubaker as Old Man Marshall, Ben Davis (A Little Night Music) as Billy, John Easterlin as Larry King, Joshua Jeremiah as Deputy Mayor, Stephen Wallem ("Nurse Jackie") as Trucker, Elizabeth Pojanowski as Shelley, Richard Troxell as Doctor Yes and Michael Hance as Mayor of Mexia.
Richard Jones, who helmed the London premiere, returns for the BAM staging. It is conducted by Steve Sloane and features scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin and D.M. Wood and choreography by Aletta Collins.