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Jerry Springer – The Opera

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Clever

About the show

The New Group presents the Off-Broadway premiere of this gleefully profane musical about the infamous talk show. An outrageous celebration of our national ritual of public humiliation and redemption. More…

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. 'Jerry Springer – The Opera' premiered in London in 2003, where it won numerous awards including an Olivier Award for best new musical.

Member Reviews (256)


Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Clever
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Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent, Clever, Silly

See it if Zany musical parody full of sexual oddities. Creative first act has many surprises. Outstanding vocals. Performers are having a good time.

Don't see it if Concept runs out of steam. Second act felt forced. Trying too hard to be funny. The great vocals then seemed a bit pointless.

Disappointing, Funny, Edgy, Great singing, Thought-provoking

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Also Partner loved act one with a near 100% rating but was less enamored by... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy edgy, large cast musicals mocking opera styles; extreme satire, don't mind strong language or sexual situations, clever approach

Don't see it if you mind dirty language and sex, loud noise, chaotic staging, bizarre situations, frantic plot, anything to do with Jerry Springer

Also This show is a lot of fun, if one can tolerate the language, as the sa... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Great singing

See it if a profane pop/rock/operatta based on the titular show isn't too edgy for you.

Don't see it if you have high expectations that the second act can top the first. There's something to offend everyone and they check all the boxes.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a raunchy, rousing musical/opera about Jerry Springer with all the outrageousness you can expect. Funny and irreverent!

Don't see it if you do not like raunchy subject matter, foul language and irreverent view of God, Jesus or Mary. The Devil gets equal irreverence.

Also Very well written, great singing and nice use of the stage and audienc... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Act I is highly entertaining, and actors will interact with you especially if you're in the side section. Feels like the crazy talk show.

Don't see it if After the intermission just doesn't have the "fun" aspect of Act I, and starts to drag. Would be a better show without it.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you appreciate good vocal scoring and a large, energetic cast; you like edgy humor, being entertained and the Jerry Springer show.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and crude humor is not your thing. This didn’t make me want to see the TV show but I had a good time at the play.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you're looking for an entertaining musical. First act is what you would expect—ridiculously funny, crude, raunchy. Second act more surreal.

Don't see it if you're looking for a family friendly show and don't want to hear beautiful operatic voices singing various expletives and obscenities.

Banal, Great singing, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if love great theatrical satire with no holds barred

Don't see it if Outrageous language and suggested sexual situations offend you

Audacious, Great singing, Raunchy, Funny, Sacrilegious

See it if you like opera (with a difference).

Don't see it if you are easily offended. It's pretty much an equal opportunity offender ( cursing, fetishism, religion , you name it).

Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you want to have fun. I would have given this a Great rating because I enjoyed it so much, but the plot became murky at the end.

Don't see it if you don't like profanity and consider jokes about Jesus and God inappropriate.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if satire of talk show where guests reveal their raunchy, outrageous behavior; wonderful music, including arias, but with crude lyrics

Don't see it if don't want vulgar, irreverent lyrics; profanity, Jerry Springer show; manic action; God v. Satan even though God had a great aria

Also I don't generally like shows with a lot of profanity but this show was... Read more Read less

Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want to laugh yourself silly The cast could not be better. If only it were put on in a larger venue, it would have gotten a 100.

Don't see it if you are offended by foul language and raunchiness or are religious.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You like outrageous fun. Very well done. Beautiful operatic voices. Good costumes good choreography well directed. Small stage big show.

Don't see it if You do not like a lot of cursing. I don't but okay here Curse words mostly sung so lose their offensiveness.

Also If you remember the original jerry springer show from TV, helpful. Fir... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Great singing, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy an irreverent satire that has songs with lyrics that will bust your sides. Surprisingly talented singers for such a comedic show.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by anti-religious humor.

Also I haven't laughed this hard, or heard so many dirty words on stage, si... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if A typical JS episode goes to Hell, literally. Great parallels of mortal dilemmas with biblical issues. Dives into the morality of society

Don't see it if Jerry Springer show, profanity, trashy characters offend you. KKK white robes are triggering.

Also Ticket from online lottery for $35.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if if you don't mind getting down and dirty to witness a funny, well-sung, exuberant spectacle.

Don't see it if need I say it? You dislike viewing nasty people singing about their sordid lives, with plenty of expletives -- not deleted.

Also I had seen this show in London in 2004. While I enjoyed it there, I wa... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny

See it if You like a satire with great singing. Although the storyline wasn’t particularly profound, it was a fun and funny night.

Don't see it if You need a serious thought provoking play or you don’t like profanity.

Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if You are a fan of the Springer show, great singing , and/or a raucous good time

Don't see it if You are averse to coarse language and bad behavior

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if watching a mash-up a several different episodes of The Jerry Springer Show MUSICALIZED has always been a fantasy of yours.

Don't see it if the shenanigans of trash TV talk shows doesn’t ring your theatrical bell.

Also Jerry Springer –The Opera is a unique creation, but I am not convinced... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Ridiculous

See it if you were a fan of the Springer show with opera singing contestants & experiencing Springer getting ready to be redeemed in hell.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of trashy talk shows and can't enjoy shows that really get weird and disappointing.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Irreverent

See it if You like irreverent and edgy theatre. You like great singing and wild staging of eccentric characters.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or religious mockery.

Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Jer-ry!

See it if Waited 15 yrs to arrive from London. Perfectly conceived and executed,go and have a great time.The cast,incl T Mann and W Swenson,nail it!

Don't see it if Don't believe that this musical soars .,, then again, a perfect reason to go.

Bawdy, Rollicking, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if mash-up of voice styles—opera/musical)—appeals; vocals alone worth the ticket, ditto Will Swenson, who fiercely mesmerizes & seduces us all.

Don't see it if nonstop "foul" language or irreverence offends you; you need traditional plot/ dialogue/resolution vs. set pieces unabashedly over the top.

Also I've never watched Jerry's show & I loathe reality shows. But I love t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if You want to see terrific actors and snappy direction elevate a somewhat sophomoric musical.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by irreverant comedy concerning religious icons.

February 22nd, 2018
"Now that it’s here, it soars like never before, in a New Group production that fully finds the compassion within this singular show’s surface satire...Immaculately directed by John Rando and sung with incandescence by its 17-member cast...'Jerry Springer' now reveals itself to be a work of stirr...
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February 22nd, 2018
"Exuberant high-low extravaganza...Under John Rando’s direction, the energy never flags, and the intimate thrust-stage set-up sucks you into the talk-show–audience mob even as it helps you appreciate their glorious voices. Its theology may not be deep, but beneath its sublime-to-ridiculous jokes,...
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February 22nd, 2018
"Succeeds in its aspirations — up to a point. But the one-joke nature of the proceedings starts to wear thin even before intermission. And it's pretty much all downhill from there...Not surprisingly, the musical feels more than a little dated...While the audacity of the proceedings proves amusing...
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February 23rd, 2018
"Surprisingly free of the sometimes savage cruelty that distinguished the show from its wimpy competitors...Deliciously dirty lyrics...The lyrics are even funnier set to Thomas's surprisingly delicate musical compositions...As one loser after another claims their 'Springer Moment'...None of this ...
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