Jerry Springer First Timers Win Best Musical PrizeDate: 24 November 2003
Jerry Springer - The Opera has been declared Best Musical by the Evening Standard at the newspaper’s Theatre Awards 2003, at a ceremony held this afternoon at the Savoy Hotel in London.
The hit show, which transferred from a sell-out season at the National to the West End’s Cambridge Theatre earlier this month (See News, 10 Nov 2003), is the creation of first-time theatre writers Richard Thomas (music, book and lyrics) and Stewart Lee (book, lyrics and direction).
The new opera - based on America's most lurid talk show and the host who has broadcast programmes such as "Pregnant by a Transsexual", "Here Come the Hookers" and "I Refuse to Wear Clothes" – triumphed over acclaimed revivals of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (which won an Olivier for Outstanding Musical Production earlier this year) and Langston Hughes’ Simply Heavenly.
NOTE: For the full list of this year's Evening Standard, click here.