Jerry Springer – The Opera
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Jerry Springer – The Opera
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Jerry Springer – The Opera NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(256 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
13%
Negative
3%
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.

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Member Reviews (256)

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703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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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.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
86
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 Read more

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
80
Disappointing, Funny, Edgy, Great singing, Thought-provoking

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628 Reviews | 93 Followers
90
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. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
83
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.

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
77
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.

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
81
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.

375 Reviews | 228 Followers
82
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).

Critic Reviews (42)

The New York Times
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 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."
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Time Out New York
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, '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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 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."
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Variety
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 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."
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New York Daily News
February 22nd, 2018

"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."
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AM New York
February 26th, 2018

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
February 28th, 2018

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 23rd, 2018

"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."
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