Matt McGrath will star in Jerry Springer - The Opera as the off-Broadway premiere extends
The New Group's production of Jerry Springer - The Opera has extended through to April 1 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Lucille Lortel Award winner Matt McGrath is set to take over the title role in The New Group's off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Springer - The Opera as the production extends its limited engagement at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Having begun previews on January 23, 2018, and officially opened on February 22, the limited run was initially intended to close on March 11, but will now run through to April 1. Mr. McGrath will begin performances on March 13, replacing original cast member Terrence Mann, who plays his final performance on March 11, before departing due to an existing commitment.
Mr. McGrath earned great acclaim (including a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination) for his performance as Tracy in MCC Theater's The Legend of Georgia McBride. He has appeared on Broadway in Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire, Peter Pan, and Working, and most recently appeared off-Broadway in The New Group's production of Steve in 2015.
The current cast of Jerry Springer - The Opera includes 3-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann (as Jerry Springer), Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (as Warm-Up / Satan), Jennifer Allen (as Irene / Mary), Florrie Bagel (as Peaches), Sean Patrick Doyle (as Tremont), Luke Grooms (as Dwight / God), Nathaniel Hackmann (as Chucky / Adam), Billy Hepfinger (as Steve), Justin Keyes (as Montel / Jesus), Beth Kirkpatrick (as Zandra), Elizabeth Loyacano (as Andrea / Valkyrie), Tiffany Mann (as Shawntel / Eve), and Jill Paice (as Baby Jane), alongside ensemble members Brandon Contreras, Bradley Greer, Kim Steele, and Nichole Turner.
Jerry Springer - The Opera features music & lyrics by Richard Thomas and a book & additional lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas. This New Group production is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choregraphed by Chris Bailey.
Synopsis: Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! It’s “The Jerry Springer Show” as you’ve never seen it before, with passionate arias, soaring ballads, and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse, until violence breaks out and Jerry must face his trickiest guest ever, the devil himself. Deeply in tune with the chaos and unrestrained id of our times, Jerry Springer – The Opera is a gleefully profane musical and an outrageous celebration of our national ritual of public humiliation and redemption.
The creative team features music direction by Michael Brennan, orchestrations by Greg Anthony Rassen, scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by John Shivers, and projection design by Olivia Sebesky.
Jerry Springer – The Opera premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2003, transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in the West End and eventually won "Best New Musical" at the Olivier Awards in 2004.