Jerry Springer: The Opera
by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee
directed by Alan Patrick Kenny
New Stage Collective
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.
MUSIC IN CINCINNATI
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