STG and Balagan Theatre present Jerry Springer: The Opera at The Moore Theatre in Seattle, January 10- 26, 2014, starring Brandon Felker as Jerry Springer and Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger as Satan. A preview performance will take place on January 9, 2014.
Come and see America’s favorite talk show host suffer the worst day of his career in this award-winning, smash-hit British musical.
When notorious talk show host Jerry Springer is accidentally shot on the set of his infamous, eponymous TV show, he descends into Hell, where Satan forces Jerry to do a special show featuring suspiciously familiar guests … until God intervenes and demands that Jerry come to Heaven and help God judge humanity.
Jerry Springer: The Opera channels all the mayhem and excitement of the lurid TV talk show that held worldwide television audiences in utter rapture – the perfect fodder for opera. Featuring songs like “Bigger Than Oprah Winfrey” and “Jerry Eleison” – plus a troupe of tap-dancing Ku Klux Klan members – it’s no wonder Jerry Springer: The Opera is called a “shocking, irresistibly funny masterpiece” (London’s The Sunday Times).
This is reminiscent of Igor Keller’s “Bill O’Reilly Opera!” Using the transcript of telephone calls taken from Bill O’Reilly’s 2004 sexual harassment case, Igor Keller composed the opera, “Mackris vs O’Reilly”. The piece is a setting of the sexual harassment complaint lodged against Fox News pundit, Bill O’Reilly, by staff producer, Andrea Mackris, in October 2004 and recorded at its world premiere in January 2007. It includes all memorable moments from the original complaint and more – paranoid rants, clumsy sexual innuendo, and the famous falafel fantasy. Composer Igor Keller produced this concert-length work in the form of a baroque oratorio, in the style of an updated Handel’s Messiah, for 28-piece chamber orchestra, 26-voice chorus and three soloists