Tragic but True: Opera “Springing” into action!
Smile, San Francisco. Your “Jerry Springer Moment,” as one of the peppier songs puts it, has finally arrived.
It’s big. It’s bold. It’s a remarkably funny and somewhat enlightening stew of musical, verbal and visual profanities on top of obscenities, milking shock value for humor of every variety. “Jerry Springer the Opera” opened Ray of Light Theatre’s 10th season Saturday at the Victoria Theatre, and the show’s long-delayed West Coast premiere is a boisterous barrel of fun.
It isn’t as polished a production as we were promised in 2005, when the controversial London smash hit was supposed to have its American premiere in the Best of Broadway series. The Broadway-bound production never materialized. New York still hasn’t seen a full production, though Chicago, Memphis, Minneapolis, Boston and Des Moines – among other cities – have, some as pestered by “blasphemy” protesters as the English national tour and BBC telecast says Chronicle Theatre critic, Robert Hurwitt of the SFGate.com. Get more on this daytime fiasco turned opera at:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2010/09/13/DDAL1FBHM3.DTL&o=1