Jerry Springer the Opera. BBC2, Saturday 8th Jan 10pm-12 Midnight.
I thought it was low, vulgar, gratuitously offensive and in execrable taste.
I loved every seedy, scandalous second!
The performances were gutsy and punchy and the staging was quite good too. Sadly though, the music and the lyrics were not in any way memorable. It was a performance that owed more to burlesque and pantomime than anything else and, for some reason, put me in mind of medieval mystery plays. As satire and musical theatre it works very well indeed, but as opera it fell flat on itís a*se, sitting uneasily between the two genres and merely nodding its head in the direction of opera from time to time. I suppose using Actors who can sing,...