Musical to open on Broadway in Oct. next year

“Jerry Springer — The Opera” comes home to America.

After stands at London’s National Theater and in the West End, the musical by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas opens Oct. 20, 2005, at a Broadway theater to be announced.

Before coming to Gotham, “Springer” plays a six-week engagement at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theater in spring 2005. Lee will direct.

Producer Jon Thoday of Avalon Promotions made the announcement.

Talkshow host Jerry Springer brought such episodes as “Pregnant by a Transsexual,” “Here Come the Hookers” and “I Refuse to Wear Clothes” to TV audiences.

In Lee and Thomas’ take, these topics have been translated into songs such as “Chick With a Dick.”

Thoday thinks the “Springer” musical will play well on Springer’s home turf. A good sign for him was show’s Thanksgiving weekend 2003 on the West End. “There were so many Americans in the audience, it was like being in America,” he said.

Still, he can’t be sure. “It’s one reason we’re going to San Francisco first, to see what might have to be changed. We don’t see it as a guarantee,” said Thoday. “We know we’ll have to make some comedic changes.”

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