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Jerry Springer: The Opera

by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee

directed by Alan Patrick Kenny

New Stage Collective

Summer 2008

Jerry Springer: The Opera


Now, give that the sort of exuberant, take-no-prisoners production that director Alan Patrick Kenny and his New Stage Collective minions have used for Jerry Springer: The Opera and you have an evening of mocking, stomping, slap-dazzle fun. 


Kenny packs the narrow loft space on Main Street with a dozen full-voiced principles (nary a dud among them), a well-tuned chorus of 13, eight musicians, an army of technicians and, on opening night, a sell-out audience of 105. 


Springer is designed to incite laughter and to entertain. At New Stage it succeeds. Operatically. Amen.  Critic's Pick




‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’ was as much a happening as an opening night on Thursday.  Protesters stood outside in torrential rain outside New Stage Collective, I think praying for our souls, and the excitement added a nice adrenalin buzz for the audience inside.


Director Alan Patrick Kenny frontloads his show with talent.




‘Jerry Springer’ was given full foul-mouthed exposure by the alternative theater company, New Stage Collective, at its modest, rehabbed venue on Main Street on the opposite end of the historic, inner-city neighborhood.


Both were enthusiastically received -- if you don’t count the pickets from America Needs Fatima, who demonstrated against the blasphemy in "Jerry" outside the theater opening night.




Cincinnati Entertainment Awards:

-Outstanding Local Premiere

-Local Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Nick Rose as Jerry Springer

-Local Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Beth Kirkpatrick as Shawntel/Eve

-Ensemble Acting Performance


Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominations:

-Outstanding Choreography for Alan Patrick Kenny

-Local Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Michael Shawn Starks as Warm-up Man/Satan

Photos by Mikki Schaffner

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