Television's most notorious talk show host — along with Steve the brawny security guard, and the iconic brick wall stage set — will return in melodic fashion via the Delaware premier of the satirical British musical: "Jerry Springer: The Opera," which debuts tonight at OperaDelaware.
The musical is presented by Wilmington theater company Bootless Stageworks, with music and lyrics by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee. The production is under the direction of Rosanne DellAversano, of Wilmington, with her husband, James Fuerst, as musical director.
Based on the popular talk show, "The Jerry Springer Show," the musical offers three acts steeped in the same craziness that made the TV program epic. Familiar "Jerry Springer" ingredients used in the production include profanity, fist fights and cheating. But it's presented in an even more outrageous manner.
For instance, when was the last time you recall seeing a troupe of tap-dancing Ku Klux Klan members appear as guests on the show?
You certainly will in this musical.
"Jerry Springer: The Opera" is completely sung through, with only two exceptions: the title character, Jerry, who speaks throughout the musical; and Steve, the head of security, who has a brief speech.
The production has only been fully staged nine other times in America since it crossed the pond in 2007, DellAversano said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'Jerry Springer: The Opera'
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
WHERE OperaDelaware, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington
COST $25 adult; $20 senior; $18 student & military (with ID). No one under 16 admitted without chaperone