The 2003 London hit “Jerry Springer — The Opera” will finally play Gotham in a two-night concert presentation at Carnegie Hall set for January.
The cheeky tuner based on the sensationalist American talkshowwon critical raves and picked up a slew of London legit kudos. Plans for a Broadway berth, however, fell apart, reportedly due to a failure to attract funding.
New York incarnation of “Springer” is produced by David J. Foster and Jared Geller — the duo behind “Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway” and Carnegie Hall evenings for Kiki & Herb and Rufus Wainwright — as well as Avalon Promotions.
Jason Moore (“Avenue Q”) will helm the concert perf, which will include 31 thesps and nine orchestra members. Pared-down staging, for which no casting has yet been nailed down, will include some blocking and costume elements.
With music by Richard Thomas and book and lyrics by Thomas and Stewart Lee, “Springer” sends the talkshow host (played by Michael Brandon in London) to hell, where his biblical guests include Adam, Eve and Jesus.
Capitalized at around $500,000, the concert presentation will rehearse for two weeks for its Jan. 29-30 run at Carnegie Hall.
Foster said the engagement is not intended as a warm-up for a full production, although he wouldn’t be opposed to it if the concert staging proves a hit.