'Jerry' opens with promise to offend
Published 01/11/2011 | 05:00
THE cast of characters includes the world's worst sexual deviants, men in diapers and tap-dancing Klu Klux Klan members.
Controversial musical 'Jerry Springer: The Opera' opened at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin last night. Based on the global phenomenon which was 'The Jerry Springer Show', it stars Simon Delaney in the title role and promises to "offend and delight almost everyone".
First staged in 2002, it was broadcast by the BBC in 2006 -- prompting almost 60,000 complains -- before running to more than 600 shows in London's West End.
"I've had various messages from Christian movements telling me not to do it because it's blasphemous and portrays our Lord in strange ways," Delaney revealed yesterday.
"It would be very glib to say, get over it, it's 2011; but we have to be aware of people's sensitivities."
The show runs until Saturday.