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Terrence Mann and Will Swenson will star in Jerry Springer - The Opera
The New Group reveals initial casting for the Off-Broadway premiere at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
The New Group announced today that 3-time Tony Award nominee Terrence Mann will take on the title role in the forthcoming off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Springer - The Opera, whilst Tony Award nominee Will Swenson has been cast as Warm-Up / Satan.
Mr. Mann earned Tony nominations for his performances in Pippin (2013), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1994), and Les Misérables (1987). He also appeared in the Broadway productions of Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, The Addams Family, Lennon, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Getting Away With Murder, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Rags, Cats, and Barnum.
Mr. Swenson earned his Tony nomination in 2009 for his performance in Hair. His other Broadway credits include Disaster!, Les Misérables, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestat, and Brooklyn. He can currently be seen as Earl in the Broadway production of Waitress.
Jerry Springer - The Opera begins performances at the Pershing Square Signature Center on January 23, 2018, ahead of an official opening on February 22 and a limited engagement through to March 11, 2018.
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, stepping in for Joshua Bergasse, who has now departed the production due to a scheduling conflict.
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.
Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
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.