Jerry Springer -- The Opera Gets Reprieve, Will Run in London Into December
Saturday, October 30, 2004
LONDON ó Jerry Springer - The Opera, threatened with closure because of an expensive libel action, will run at least until mid-December, producers said Friday [October 29].
Earlier this week, producer Jon Thoday said the critically acclaimed musical might be forced to close because of the costs of a lawsuit against the Daily Mail newspaper, which falsely claimed in January that the show was losing money.
The producers sued for a reported $730,000 in lost earnings, saying the Mail's story had hurt ticket sales.
Thoday said the show's marketing budget was slashed to cover the costs of the case, leading to a slump in ticket sales that threatened the production's future.
On Friday, Thoday's company, Avalon Promotions, said the show would stay open for now. He said producers would make a final decision after the court hearing on December 13. "We are determined not to allow this to kill the show," Thoday said.
A raucous musical take on the king of trash TV, Jerry Springer opened to rave reviews at the National Theatre in April 2003, and transferred last October for a commercial West End run.
The $13.9 million production is scheduled to play San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre next summer before arriving on Broadway in the fall.
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