Jerry Springer is Now an Opera
A crowd chanting “Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!” has always been music to our ears, but now it quite literally is.
Jerry Springer: The Opera, which opened off-Broadway last Thursday, is a curse-clogged, crude, calamitous adaptation of the TV talk show, set to music.
One of its co-writers knew that opera and Springer would click the instant he first saw the talk show. “There were about eight people screaming at each other,” Richard Thomas said. “It was all being bleeped out. You couldn’t understand a word of what was being said. And I thought, ‘Wow! This is like an opera!’”
So what does Springer think of it? The talk-show host saw the show: “I thought they did a really good job. It was awkward for me to watch it. For one, it’s about yourself, so there’s no common experience. There’s no one I can ask, ‘Gee, how did you feel?’ I can’t call Figaro or Carmen and say, ‘Hey, how did you feel about your opera?’”
Swearing in 4 pour harmony never sounded so sweet.