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Jerry Springer: The Opera (2005)

A TV presentation of the successful London stage show. A fully operatic production very loosely based on the 'Jerry Springer' TV show.

Director:

Peter Orton

Writers:

Richard Thomas (book), Stewart Lee (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Soul ... Jerry Springer
David Bedella ... Warm-up Man / Satan
Leon Craig Leon Craig ... Montel / Jesus
Carrie Ellis Carrie Ellis ... Peaches / Baby Jane
Alison Jiear Alison Jiear ... Shawntel / Eve
Christopher Key Christopher Key ... Chucky / Adam
Benjamin Lake Benjamin Lake ... Dwight / God
Ryan Molloy Ryan Molloy ... Tremont / Angel Gabriel
Claire Platt Claire Platt ... Zandra / Irene / Mary
Guy Porritt Guy Porritt ... Steve
Annabelle Williams Annabelle Williams ... Andrea / Archangel Michael
Adriano Agostino Adriano Agostino ... Ensemble
Richard Alliston Richard Alliston ... Ensemble
Edward Baruwa Edward Baruwa ... Ensemble
Dale Branston ... Ensemble
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Storyline

'Jerry Springer-The Opera' tells the story of a day in the job of world famous talk-show host, Jerry Springer. Jerry has to sort out a number of guests problems; including a man who wants to dress up as a baby, a man with 3 lovers (one of them a transexual) and a fat woman who wants to be a pole dancer. However, on this particular day, something out of the ordinary will happen... Written by spyk_

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Jerry Springer is about to have the worst day of his career.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The BBC received over 50,000 complaints about the screening of this show (most of them before it aired), making it the most complained about TV broadcast in British television history. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Springer: My next guest with a guilty secret is Montel. So Montel what's on your mind?
Montel: [singing] I've been seeing Andrea here, and we're in love, we're in love, we're in love!
Jerry Springer: And so what is it you want to tell Andrea?
Montel: [singing] Well Jerry...
Jerry Springer: [interrupting] Don't talk to me. Talk to Andrea.
Montel: [Turns to Andrea. Singing] Baby, I love you, with all of my heart, but there is one thing you could do for me. Which could change my life! Change my life!
Andrea: [singing] Tell me baby! Tell me baby!
Montel: [singing] Well baby...
Andrea: [singing] Tell ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) See more »

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Finally Out On DVD - So make up your own mind
7 January 2006 | by bob_bearSee all my reviews

Since watching this when it first aired on the BBC, I have been awaiting the DVD release. Bought it as soon as I saw it for sale which must mean I like it, right?! Well, I do like it. I like it a lot. There is a lot to like about it. But it also occurs to me that this 'Opera' has polarized opinion to such an extent into the twin extremes of love it or hate it that it's difficult to view it objectively.

It would take too, too long to go through a full critique but a couple of plus and a negative points to get a discussion going. Plus point, was the irreverence of the piece - as a biting satire it is intelligent and astute and very amusing. The first half, especially, really does "hold a mirror up to society" with far greater validity than The Jerry Springer Show itself ever has. On the other hand, the second half doesn't fully work for me - too much reliance on foul language for comedic effect and not enough substance to the resolution.

Another plus would be the score and choreography which are excellent. But conversely, I think two or three of the singers let the production down. The diaper-wearing Jesus turns in the kind of crude, obvious performance more often seen in amateur dramatics and the big guy/God singer seemed frequently out of tune to me and his diction was awful.

So there you have it... or at least a start to it. Not a flawless production but pretty damn good. Refreshing, I'd say. And I would defend anybody's right to view it. Make up your own mind, that's what I'd say I understand that Sainsburys and Woolworths have pulled it off their shelves to appease a noisy minority. Must remember not to shop there then!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2005 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

GBP200,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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