Jerry! Jerry! steps in to play narrator in transgender tuner
NEW YORK — Talkshow host Jerry Springer will replace talkshow host Dick Cavett in the retooled production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” set to reopen on Broadway Oct. 30 for a limited 10-week engagement.
After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, “Rocky Horror” closed Sept. 23 along with four other Broadway shows as their box office plummeted. The transgender tuner revival grossed only $182,091 on a potential of $440,964 for the week of Sept. 17-23. The previous session it took in a mere $63,263 for six perfs.
Undeterred, producer Jordan Roth worked to put his first Broadway show back on the boards. One new selling point appears to be a rotation of celebrities in the role of the narrator, played by Cavett for more than 350 performances since the show opened Nov. 15. Springer is set to take over the role for one week in late November. Others mentioned to essay the part are Robin Leach, Penn & Teller and Cindy Adams.
Springer said he played the narrator 20 years ago in a Cincinnati Playhouse production of “Rocky Horror.” The role is no stretch, he commented: “There’s not much difference between the characters in the show and the characters on my show,” referring to “The Jerry Springer Show.”
Roth could not be reached for comment.