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Jerry Springer: The Opera

February 18, 2011 8:00PM  to  April 17, 2011 9:00PM

Regional Premiere!

Strippers, cheating spouses, tap-dancing Ku Klux Klan members. Just another episode of America’s favorite lurid TV talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. Come see what happens when Jerry and his show end up in Satan’s world in this musical that London’s The Sunday Times calls “a shocking, irresistibly funny masterpiece.” Winner of London’s Best New Musical award, this wickedly funny show will leave you talking for a long time. Not to be missed!

Please note: The performance on April 9 will begin at 11 p.m.

WARNING! This production is not recommended for children and contains material that may offend some people.

Beck Center’s production of Jerry Springer: The Opera is sponsored by Cox Communications, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Ohio Arts Council.

Written by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee
Directed by Scott Spence
Featuring Matthew Wright as Jerry Springer

Who's Who in the Company

A Note from the Beck Center
Recently, we have received a great deal of public and media attention around the Beck Center's staging of Jerry Springer: The Opera (JSTO).

JSTO has a distinguished history. From its launch at the acclaimed National Theatre of London to its American premiere at Carnegie Hall, this award-winning musical continues to push the envelope and spark conversation.  In addition to numerous other awards, JSTO is the recipient of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2004, beating out Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Olivier Award is the highest honor in British theatre.  Past recipients of the honor of Best New Musical include Billy Elliot the Musical, Jersey Boys, and The Producers.

We recognize that, just like the television show this is based on, JSTO may not meet everyone's taste and system of values. It is, however, a satire based on the absurdities of American talk shows where guests are unbridled and reveal deeply private matters, often with a shameful and over-the-top approach. The parody of JSTO lies with its original and artful music contrasted against the unsuppressed obscenities of the talk show guests. The dialogue that has provoked much of the public protest occurs in the second half of the show when Satan takes the stage.  Satan is clearly portrayed in the show as "the bad guy."  Taken out of context, some people have interpreted the lines and actions of the characters as an attack on Christianity. Some of what is being written and distributed by protestors is incorrect and misinformed.

We value the experiences of the students and theater patrons at the Beck Center. Therefore, rehearsals for this production are inaccessible to the public. Being exposed to our production, along with its themes and language, is only available by purchasing a ticket to the show.

In no way is our presentation of JSTO meant as an attack to the values and beliefs of any religious groups. It is our goal to produce work that spurs the interest of our audiences and showcases the talents of our abundant acting community.

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