The hotly anticipated lead role in the revival of Jerry Springer The Opera has been revealed.
Renowned actor Michael Howe (Life Begins, Solo, Hollyoaks) will step into the shoes of Jerry Springer for a four-week run in Manchester this Summer – almost 15 years since the show was last performed in the UK.
Jerry Springer The Opera can be seen at Hope Mill Theatre from Thursday 8 August through to Saturday 31 August 2019. Tickets are on sale now.
Michael commented: “I’m so excited to join the show and be part of the revival of such an iconic piece of social theatre. It is going to be a theatrical rollercoaster of a show. And I’m really looking forward to performing at Hope Mill Theatre, I’ve heard lots of great things about this fantastic venue.
“I can’t wait to start rehearsals and meet my fellow cast members and the Jerry Choir, who just sound incredible. It’s going to be a fantastic four weeks in Manchester, and I cannot wait to meet the audiences.”
The casting of Michael as Jerry Springer follows the recent announcement that 14 singers from across the Greater Manchester region have been cast as the Jerry Choir, who will play an instrumental role in the show by supporting the cast of professional actors. The remaining full cast will be announced soon.
The controversial musical is being brought to the stage by new production company Northern Ricochet, recently formed by James Baker (Parade, Yank), Tom Chester (Parade, Mamma Mia), and Bill Elms (Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, The Ruby Slippers and Something About Simon).
Northern Ricochet are passionate about producing quality theatre in the North, for the North and using Northern creatives, actors and voices.
The first joint venture from Northern Ricochet will see James Baker as director; Tom Chester as musical director; and Bill Elms as co-producer of Jerry Springer The Opera.