Jerry Springer Hosts Trailer Park Pageant Off-Broadway; Contestants Sought

News   Jerry Springer Hosts Trailer Park Pageant Off-Broadway; Contestants Sought
The purveyor of trailer trash himself, Jerry Springer, will host The Great American Trailer Park Pageant for the new Off-Broadway musical Nov. 17 and the search for contestants is on.

The event to take place from 4-6 PM at the home of the David Nehls-Betsy Kelso work, Dodger Stages. All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids.

Prospective contestants — they're seeking "uninhibited males or females" — should submit their name, phone number and e-mail address to with a photo and description of their "Trailer Park Talent," and trailer trash character/personality. Examples of talents provided include singing, hula-hooping, dancing and beer-chugging.

Each contestant will have one and a half minutes to perform their unique skill for a panel of celebrity guest judges (including "Village Voice" columnist Michael Musto). Based on the talents and outfits, a handful of finalists will be selected to undergo "a grueling interview process about why they think they are qualified for this great honor."

The winner will be crowned at a performance and become the official spokesperson for the show at future regional productions and be included in a special advertising campaign. The prize list also includes "cases of Pabst Beer, dinner at Spanky’s BBQ, a year's supply of Moonpies, a year's supply of Dean's Beans coffee, talking trailer trash dolls, and many more."

The country-rock and blues musical, which began previews Aug. 20 and opened Sept. 22, is billed as "a new show about agoraphobia, adultery, '80s nostalgia, spray cheese, road kill, hysterical pregnancy, a broken electric chair, kleptomania, strippers, flan & disco." The Off-Broadway cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical features Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma, "Van Helsing"), Linda Hart (Hairspray, Anything Goes), Kaitlin Hopkins (Bat Boy, Noises Off, Bare), Orfeh (Footloose, Saturday Night Fever), Leslie Kritzer (Hairspray, Bat Boy), Wayne Wilcox (A Man of No Importance, The Light in the Piazza) and original NYMF cast member Marya Grandy.

Tickets ($10) to the pageant are on sale through (212) 840-0770 ext. 268 or through

Tickets to The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Dodger Stages, 340 West 50th St (between 8th and 9th Ave.) are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or through the link below. For more information, visit the website at

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