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|Jerry Springs Back Over the Atlantic
- Opera based on TV show set for 2005 transfer to Broadway
HARVEY KEITEL, Kevin Kline and the man himself are all being tipped to take the leading role in Jerry Springer - The Opera when the award winning show goes to Broadway next year.
In the West End version of the opera based on Springer's nuts 'n' sluts TV talk show, Michael Brandon has made the part his own and there is some talk of him switching to New York when the play opens there in October 2005.
Whoever gets the gig, the transfer is seen as a big risk by some critics, who fear American audiences might not be as tolerant as British ones of the show's bad language and blasphemy.
"Either it will be the most enormous hit or audiences will walk out in horror," said Jon Thoday, producer of Jerry Springer - The Opera. "We are not compromising the production one iota - the content and lyrics will remain the same."
The show has made history by taking the best musical gong at the Critics' Circle Awards, the Evening Standard Awards, the Olivier Awards and the What's On Stage Awards.