JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA: 89% – SWEET

Warren Draper and ensemble in "Jerry Springer: The Opera" at the Chance Theatre. Credit: Chance Theater.

SWEET
Regardless, this is one of the most eyebrow-raising satires I’ve seen in years. For anyone who appreciates blistering, no-holds-and no-words-barred content alongside strangely luxurious singing, it’s well worth the drive to Anaheim Hills.
Don Shirley – LA Stage Watch

SWEET
Though you’ve possibly heard plenty about this controversial but heavily awarded 2003 British-bred musical, there’s probably no way to adequately prepare yourself for its audacity and brilliance.
Les Spindle – Backstage

SWEET
You will know if this is a show for you. If it is, then there is a bit of everything. The singing is uneven, but some of it is splendid, and everyone is funny. A remarkable sense of ensemble that makes even the most scurrilous bits of “Jerry Springer” oddly lovable. Kelly Todd’s choreography is exhilarating.
Mark Swed – LA Times

BITTER
But the production loses the eye of the tiger, coming across less provocative than wan. The few banner-wielding fundamentalists across the street from the Chance would make a better case if they protested the show’s artistic transgressions rather than its spiritual ones.
Bob Verini – Variety

SWEET
Not that making a musical out of this three-ring circus of the worst of human nature is an unworkable concept, but using opera as the preferred musical form? Yet that’s just what “Jerry Springer: The Opera” does, and does magnificently.
Eric Marchese – OC Register

SWEET
This sensational production once again proves that for controversial, intimate-stage excellence in the OC, NOBODY does it better than the Chance.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
But even more, the theater should be applauded for assembling such a ridiculously talented cast and producing something that, for the first hour at least, is more entertaining than an Olympic-sized swimming pool filled with cross-eyed hermaphrodite dwarves getting fucked up the ass with barbed wire.
Joel Beers – OC Weekly

SWEET
Certain references throughout Jerry Springer: The Opera may feel dated (like the phrase “talk to the hand”), and the TV show itself no longer holds the shock and draw that it did in the 90s. Yet this opera’s searing critique of American pop culture is still relevant, and the Chance Theater offers an endlessly entertaining and thought-provoking production.
Sarah Taylor Ellis – Stage and Cinema

SWEET
The Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills is the latest American regional theater to take on this racy, over-the-top show. Due to popular demand—and, frankly, rightly so—this surreal musical’s run has been extended through August 14.
Michael L. Quintos – BroadwayWorld

JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA
Chance Theater
5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills (just north of the 91 freeway)
Thur-Fri 8 pm; Sat 3 and 8 pm, Sun 2 and 7 pm
EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 14, 2011
Tickets: 714-777-3033

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  1. Colin,
    I was there Opening Night. Thought you might have seen my note on Facebook.
    For the next few weeks, pending a redesigned StageSceneLA.com, my reviews are here:
    http://stagescenela.blogspot.com/
    I’ve reviewedRE-ANIMATOR™-THE MUSICAL
    Fleetwood Macbeth
    Jerry Springer: The Opera
    Entertaining Mr. Sloane
    Donna/Madonna
    More to come.
    SS:)