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April 27, 2004 | David Gritten
The outrageous hit London musical "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" is coming to the United States. It will open at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco next spring before transferring to Broadway in October 2005. The musical, loosely based on Jerry Springer's TV talk show, began its life as a cult production in a small London fringe theater before becoming a hit at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, then being produced at London's National Theatre.
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October 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
The London production of "Jerry Springer: The Opera," threatened with closure because of an expensive libel action, will run at least until mid-December, producers said Friday. Earlier this week, producer Jon Thoday said the critically acclaimed musical might be forced to close because of the costs of a lawsuit against the Daily Mail newspaper, which falsely claimed in January that the show was losing money.
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October 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
The London production of "Jerry Springer: The Opera," threatened with closure because of an expensive libel action, will run at least until mid-December, producers said Friday. Earlier this week, producer Jon Thoday said the critically acclaimed musical might be forced to close because of the costs of a lawsuit against the Daily Mail newspaper, which falsely claimed in January that the show was losing money.
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April 27, 2004 | David Gritten
The outrageous hit London musical "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" is coming to the United States. It will open at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco next spring before transferring to Broadway in October 2005. The musical, loosely based on Jerry Springer's TV talk show, began its life as a cult production in a small London fringe theater before becoming a hit at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, then being produced at London's National Theatre.
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February 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Jerry Springer -- the Opera," an exuberant tribute to the American talk show, triumphed at the Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four awards including best new musical. David Bedella, the show's smooth-talking Satan, was named best actor in a musical at the Oliviers, the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards.
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December 6, 2002 | From Reuters
An outrageous opera based on Jerry Springer's syndicated talk show is to have its world premiere at Britain's National Theater. "It is exactly the kind of work the National should be doing: bold, scabrous, funny and beautiful," said the National Theater's new director, Nicholas Hytner. In concert form, "Jerry Springer: The Opera," by composer Richard Thomas and comic writer Stewart Lee, was one of the biggest hits at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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February 13, 2009 | Associated Press
The fine line between opera and soap opera just got blurrier. Britain's august Royal Opera said Thursday it is planning a show based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith, the model and stripper who married an octogenarian oil tycoon, starred in her own TV show and, in 2007, died of a drug overdose. The company says the show will have music by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. The libretto is by Richard Thomas, co-creator of "Jerry Springer: The Opera," an earlier merger of highbrow and lowbrow culture.
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January 16, 2004 | Matt Wolf, Associated Press
"Jerry Springer -- The Opera" and two past Broadway musicals, "Ragtime" and "Pacific Overtures," led the field Thursday for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance. All three musicals received eight nominations apiece, while the London version of Tony-winner "Thoroughly Modern Millie" had five, including nods for costars Maureen Lipman and Amanda Holden, who plays Millie.
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September 26, 2003 | Louise Roug
Producer Bob Boyett and Bill Haber, president of Ostar Productions, have struck a $1.35-million deal with the Royal National Theatre in London that gives them first right to import its shows to the United States. The three-year deal begins this season, and the first Broadway imports will likely be Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" and Michael Frayn's "Democracy." Not part of the deal is "Jerry Springer -- the Opera," which already has a deal.
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April 27, 2003 | David Gritten, Special to The Times
When the National Theatre asked Nicholas Hytner to succeed Trevor Nunn as artistic director, he did not hesitate -- despite his lucrative career directing films. "This is the best possible job for me," he said. Hytner, 46, is returning to the scene of past glories. At the National, he memorably directed critical and commercial hits -- a brilliant revival of "Carousel," Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" and "The Wind in the Willows."
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February 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
"Jerry Springer -- the Opera," an exuberant tribute to the American talk show, triumphed at the Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four awards including best new musical. David Bedella, the show's smooth-talking Satan, was named best actor in a musical at the Oliviers, the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards.
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April 4, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Bristol Old Vic production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" currently at the Broad Stage and the Théâtre de Bouffes du Nord production of "The Suit," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, both are connected to South Africa. Shakespeare's play involves Cape Town's Handspring Puppet Company. "The Suit" is an adaptation of a short story by South African writer Can Themba.  Furthermore, both productions are projects of British directors. But while Tom Morris and Peter Brook are generations apart and Morris' "Dream" and Brooks' "Suit" represent quite different sensibilities, what the directors mainly have in common is that each, in his own way, has worked now and then in opera and made a considerable impact doing so.  Morris' primary claim to fame may be his collaboration with Handspring on "War Horse.
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November 28, 2004 | Don Shirley
Tired of stage musicals inspired by movies and pop catalogs? Maybe reality TV series will be the next fertile source of material. Last year, "Jerry Springer -- The Opera" led the way in London. And although its U.S. premiere in San Francisco was recently scratched as its creators were preoccupied elsewhere, it has been announced that "The Opera" will return to its roots on TV. BBC2 is shooting a performance of the musical -- to be televised, four-letter words intact, in January.
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