Casting Complete for Jerry Springer — The Opera Carnegie Hall Concert

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08 Jan 2008

David Bedella and Katrina Rose Dideriksen
David Bedella and Katrina Rose Dideriksen
David Bedella, who starred in the London production of Jerry Springer, and Hairspray's Katrina Rose Dideriksen are the final additions to the cast of Jerry Springer — The Opera concert at Carnegie Hall.

Jason Moore (Avenue Q) will direct the 8 PM concerts on Jan. 29 and 30. Musical direction is by Stephen Oremus (Wicked). David J. Foster, Jared Geller and Avalon Promotions produce.

Bedella (Olivier Award winner for his role as Warm-Up Man/ Satan) will reprise that role, while Dideriksen (Hairspray - Las Vegas) takes on the role of Shawntel. They will join the previously announced Harvey Keitel (as Jerry Springer), Max von Essen (Tremont), Emily Skinner (Andrea), Linda Balgord (Zandra, Irene and Mary), Lawrence Clayton (Montel and Jesus), Luke Grooms (Dwight and God), Sean Jenness (Chucky), Sam Kitchin (Steve), Patricia Phillips (Peaches) and Laura Shoop (Baby Jane).

The ensemble also includes Katie Banks, Kristy Cates, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Patty Goble, Chris Gunn, Celisse Henderson, Robert Hunt, John Eric Parker, Kate Pazakis, Eddie Pendergraft, Richard Poole, Soara-Joye Ross, Tory Ross, Roland Rusinek, John Schiappa, Michael James Scott, Dennis Stowe, Edwin Vega, Sasha Weiss, Betsy Werbel, Jim Weitzer and Lauren Worsham.

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 show is based on the world of the talk-show host. Characters featured in the production include Jerry, the TV show's head of security Steve Wilcos, a slew of trailer trash and omnisexual characters, some KKK members and Satan.

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.

Keitel was been seen on Broadway in Hurlyburly and a revival of Death of a Salesman. The Academy Award-nominated actor of "Bugsy" has also been seen in "Reservoir Dogs," "The Piano," "Pulp Fiction," "National Treasure," "Smoke" and "Mean Streets" among others.

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. His work was recently seen in the Roundabout Underground's debut of Speech & Debate, and he will helm the forthcoming Shrek: The Musical.

The production warns it "contains adult language and situations that may not be suitable for all ages. Recommended for mature audiences only."

Tickets for the concerts are on sale by calling (212) 247-7800, by visiting www.carnegiehall.org or at the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street and 7th Avenue).