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

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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.

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The New York Times

"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 stirring prophecy, a hilarious and unexpectedly touching origin portrait of how we became who we are today...The pure, pulsing beauty of Mr. Thomas’s score hooks us subliminally." Full Review


"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 nonsense loses its charm...Until Act Two...At this point, everyone from Satan and Jesus to Adam and Eve get into the game, but sad to say, the humor falls flat and the show just isn’t the same." Full Review


"A lot of fun...Slam-bang staging...The first act is essentially an uncensored sung-through presentation of a typical broadcast...The amount of legit singing demanded by the score brings out the reality that the stories of passion, lust and revenge depicted in the most popular works of that lofty art form aren't very different from what's to be viewed on this supposedly low example of pop culture...A slyly delivered message of empathy for fellow humans just searching for their moment." Full Review

Time Out New York

"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, 'Jerry Springer—The Opera' is onto something about reality-show culture and the poignancy behind its debased participants—which more or less includes all of us now." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"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 for a while, the satirical humor never goes anywhere interesting or emotionally resonant...John Rando's small-scale staging proves inventive at times...The performers, however, are terrific." Full Review

What Should We Do?

"'Jerry Springer—The Opera' is pretty goddamn funny. With its singing and dancing Ku Klux Klansmen, its Act II descent into hell, and the cheekily gay piss-take on Christ...Thomas’s score is genuinely tuneful and sung by a terrific cast. What’s shocking for anyone who attends bona fide opera is how well this material, however silly and gross, suits the operatic form...Raucous, crass, and nasty, this orgy of bad behavior is cathartic for these dire political times." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"A decidedly lopsided enterprise, with a first half that veers recklessly between exploiting and exalting Springer's fans and a second half that collapses from inaction...Nevertheless, 'Jerry Springer' is not to be dismissed, if only because the score is so accomplished...What may be the most vocally gifted cast in town...The music provides a certain amount of balm, but you have to have a real taste for nonstop vulgarity, and you have to tolerate a second act that has nowhere to go." Full Review

Theater Life

"Way past its sell-by date...Rando's staging is fast and furious and the talented company combine skilled vocals with unabashed comic abandon. The trouble is, in a world where a Twitter-obsessed, reality-show host is President of the United States, Springer’s vulgar antics are no longer shocking or particularly funny...It’s amusing once, but for two and a half hours? This once explosive hand-grenade of a show now comes across as an overlong and outdated SNL sketch." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"'Jerry Springer the Opera' is profane, vulgar, obvious, offensive and irresistibly entertaining – at least in the first act. The New Group production, directed by John Rando and featuring a pitch-perfect 17-member cast led by Terrence Mann and Will Swenson, contrasts the high and the low to hilarious effect. After Act I of this sung-through musical, though, it’s easy to wonder: What’s the point?" Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Although not entirely satisfactory, this sensationally well-staged…, energetically choreographed…, marvelously cast…, and brilliantly performed farcical opera-not entirely sung-through-exploits the TV show's most egregious features…When the audience returns after the intermission, the play, already losing steam, loses more as it shifts to pure fantasy with Jerry in Purgatory…It's the exceptional ensemble, led by the…Broadway veteran Mann…that makes the show memorable." Full Review

AM New York

"The cast approaches the material with sincerity...While this is all hilarious, it is equally disturbing and sobering...The second act takes on an absurdist, puzzling tone..Although original and interesting in concept, it is far less enjoyable and mostly falls flat. That being said, fans of edgy musical theater, contemporary opera and experimental drama will not want to miss the rare opportunity to take in this daring, difficult, culturally conscious, one-of-a-kind work." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Raunch never goes out of style and this work is as hilariously and unapologetically dirty as can be...Christianity takes a licking before a surprisingly effective spiritual redemption at the end of the night...There is no shortage of talent...More vocal brilliance per square foot than any other room in the city...Low humor elevated to high art...A true opera...But, it's redneck opera...Paying members of the audience can’t help but to get drawn in, emotionally and physically." Full Review

New York Daily News

"The one-joke show is past its sell date. Long past...So while it’s hard to recommend 'Jerry Springer,' it’s easy to acknowledge director John Rando’s terrific cast that’s led by Terrence Mann and Will Swenson...More standouts include Tiffany Mann as a pole-dancing hopeful, Luke Grooms as both a cheating husband and God, and Justin Keyes, as a gleeful self-soiler. It’s no fun shooting fish in a barrel — or a diaper." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"This piece has a bit more to say that just the obvious. There is a whole lot of fun to be had watching the rowdy crowd cheer and jeer the ridiculous guests of this one particular taping of the 'Jerry Springer Show', directed with a precise eye for mayhem by John Rando...It is in these moments of shock and awe where this show lives and breathes...The overly long second act starts to feel a bit heavy handed and complicated, loosing its sharp edge for something less finely tuned." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"Silliness abounds in 'Jerry Springer – The Opera' supported by the more sophisticated 'bones' of the operatic genre. And the combination is delightful, particularly given the none-too-subtle themes...The success of 'Jerry Springer – The Opera' springs from the treatment of the original television series as an extended metaphor...Under John Rando’s direction, the action moves forward quickly, and the members of ensemble cast uniformly deliver engaging performances." Full Review


"'Jerry Springer - The Opera' is not for opera purists nor is for people who are easily offended by four letter words and other bad language of which there is a multitude. However, its irreverence skewers social, religious and political hypocrisy. The New Group's production directed by John Rando is one of the most exciting musical theater experiences to be currently obtained in New York. It actually seems more relevant in Trump America where this sort of thing is cable-fodder every night." Full Review

Gotham Playgoer

"For me, the novelty of hearing four-letter words sung from the stage faded quickly. The first act, though a bit long, was entertaining, but after intermission things headed south. The thinness of the material is almost counterbalanced by the quality of the performances...The choreography by Chris Bailey is unremarkable and the direction by John Rando is a bit sluggish. The New Group deserves commendation for bringing a neglected work to New York and casting it with superb singers." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Musically, it is definitely a wow, and the company of 17 is packed with glorious singers...It's low, low comedy of the frat-boy, potty-mouthed middle school kids, wash-your-mouth-out-with-soap type. And it is unrelenting...All in all, it's a lot to take in...While director John Rando keeps the cast and the action flying at breakneck speed, he cannot fully solve the underlying dilemma, which is how do you satirize something as over-the-top as the actual 'Jerry Springer Show?'" Full Review

Theater In The Now

"This production of 'Jerry Springer the Opera' is exceptional to say the least...With an opera structure with the majority of the piece sung through, 'Jerry Springer the Opera' is a brilliant philosophical and religious satire that uses the lens of American television gluttony as humans are exploited for our own entertainment...Though slightly dated, is an important piece of theater." Full Review

The Wrap

"The show’s not very good. Thomas’s music is uninspired pastiche, and his and Lee’s lyrics derive most of their humor from having operatically trained voices sing four-letter words. This inferior score is draped over a nearly inept book, also by Thomas and Lee, which attempts to retool itself during intermission only to skid into total confusion... Even as an act of voyeurism, 'Jerry Springer – The Opera' is not very attention-grabbing." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"John Rando’s spirited and exceedingly well-cast production...The show’s first half works both as social commentary and guilty pleasure. However, its second act wants to be much more than mere fun: it aims for moral complexity, yet falls short of its goal...Since only a handful of New Yorkers saw this show live, it’s only fitting that it’s being given its own second chance to display its singular strengths, especially by such a talented group of people." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Imagine the most absurd and multiply by 5...'Jerry Springer - The Opera' rocks...Not to be missed. Best enjoyed with a beer from the bar and maybe a little pre-gaming...The music of Thomas is remarkable...Rando guides a huge production masterfully in Signature Theatre's smallest space...Everyone in Rando's cast is sickeningly talented...Not all trash. Yes, there is a lot of trash...But there's also an 'It’s a Wonderful Life'-style reckoning here that delivers a solid pay off." Full Review


"Rando's production might have been the perfect opportunity to reassess a musical about viewers' insatiable appetite for witnessing the misfortunes of those on the margins. Unfortunately, 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' is content to keep laughing without thinking about it too much...Thomas and Lee's score is almost entirely composed of punch lines. Most often, it's the pairing of profanity with high opera that lends itself to knee-jerk guffaws...Settles for cheap, if at times hearty, laughs." Full Review


"Some mighty glorious voices are belting out the octave-soaring notes and potty-mouthed lyrics that composer Thomas and collaborator Lee have conjoined...Marrying a libretto calculated to shock with lots of elegant music that thrills is quite a feat...The seventeen-member cast is terrific in multiple roles...Act II gets a little too dead serious. But dead or alive that behavior is put entertainingly on display under the splendidly abetting guidance of director Rando." Full Review

Musical Theater Review

"While it unreels in intimate surroundings, it’s a show of epic proportions. It’s epic in the blasphemous hijinks and unbridled profanities of the book and lyrics...Rando has assembled a company of 17 actors...The glory of their singing is matched by the enthusiasm they bring to the show’s celebration of the basest dimensions of human relationships...The non-stop movement of Rando’s staging keeps the thrust stage pulsating with action...An audaciously entertaining adventure." Full Review

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Delightful, Edgy, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you want to see gorgeous singing mixed with depraved lyrics/subject matter. This is such a FUN show! Interesting look into JS's legacy

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgarity. There's a lot of it here. A LOT. And that's ok. This show embraces the ugliness of JS, but makes it beautiful

Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you like the crazy over the top themes from the Jerry Springer TV Show...

Don't see it if you get easily offended by trashy characters who can be found on tv talk shows...

Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated

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

Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You love funny, raunchy comedy set to a catchy score.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended.

Dizzying, Quirky, Disappointing, Excessively profane

See it if you were a fan of the Jerry Springer Show.

Don't see it if have no patience for the kind of people who would appear on the Jerry Springer Show.

Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, 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

Great cast can't save this overly long show. thinks its funnier than it is

See it if Want to see the wonderful Tiffany Mann. Curious about how they would do a Springer Opera although curiousity bored/killed this cat

Don't see it if You have no patience for overly long musicals that think they are funnier than they are.

Also I was so curious to see this show but after ten minutes, I just had en... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging & costumes, Better theater than expected given the subject

See it if you're up for some REALLY over-the-top fun! High production values despite "low brow" subject. Great singing too.

Don't see it if you're offended by lapoons of Christianity or cursing. Want to know why Springer does it (it's not satisfyingly answered). Want a quiet show

Also Makes sense this spoof is WAAAAAAYYY over-the-top (it's starting from ... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if The concept of opera with the show is a skit that last about 10 minutes.

Don't see it if Just dont

Funny, Raunchy, Great singing, Sacrilegious, Audacious

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).

Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you want to laugh and come away with a smile

Don't see it if If you are easily affended

Also If you want to laugh and see a talented cast sing there faces off go s... Read more Read less

Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're looking for something different. They are singing BEAUTIFUL harmonies about RIDICULOUS situations & it somehow works. A great time!

Don't see it if you are easily offended. This is not for you.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if your a fan of Springer or just curious. If you want to see how they can make an opera out of a TV show. Well done and great singing.

Don't see it if seeing something that is quirky out of the ordinary if not for you. Also, if you don't have an open mind then it might be too much.

Raunchy, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if the talent was undeniable, and the piece overall was fun and immersive and very entertaining. was surprised at the production value!

Don't see it if i wish it had been 90 minutes with no intermission. the second act felt a little long to me. plus, you'll likely be offended. see below:

Also the subject matter is highly contentious. i have attended (and have be... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Cute

See it if You want to laugh

Don't see it if you are easily offended

Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Raunchy, Entertaining

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, Great singing, Silly

See it if you're looking for a blend of operatic voices and song styles with low-brow humor and general silliness

Don't see it if you want serious theater; you're easily offended

Delightful, Great acting, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a ridiculous and funny show with unique writing and great singing.

Don't see it if You do not want to hear vulgar language sang operatically. You want something that packs more of a punch.

Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you are nostalgic for those Jerry days and want to see a well-sung opera interpretation of disfunction.

Don't see it if you are easily offended or want a traditional theatre experience.

Also I LOVED the first act. It was clever, interesting, and hilarious. I ha... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

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.

Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing

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

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a very entertaining first act with some excellent voices.

Don't see it if you can't leave at intermission. The second act has a complete change in tone and is very boring.

Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

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

Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoyed the TV show. Crass, raunchy, profane. Music was complex & challenging, singing was fantastic.

Don't see it if You're easily offended, don't like profanity, crassness, white trash elements. Act I was a scream. Act II got weird. One memorable song.

Also Act I was like watching a reenactment of the actual TV show. That, mix... Read more Read less

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

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

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