Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jerry Springer Set to Razzle Dazzle in Chicago at the Fox Theatre

September 8-13

“Stop the presses! I’ve always wanted to say that,” enthuses Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “I know you might be reading this on your Blackberry, but this is exciting news. Cultural icon and ringmaster extraordinaire Jerry Springer will star as the flamboyant lawyer and master showman ‘Billy Flynn’ in the smash hit musical CHICAGO when it plays the Fabulous Fox Theatre from Sept 8-13. Add this news to the fact that the show is celebrating eleven glorious years of girls, glitz and glamour and you’ve got pure entertainment! Tickets are on sale NOW at all Ticketmaster locations and at Make plans to join us!”

Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Set amidst the dazzling decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Billy Flynn, Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Throughout an illustrious career, Jerry Springer has become a cultural and civic icon. In addition to talk show host, he has been the mayor of Cincinnati, political pundit, lawyer, award-winning newscaster, country recording artist, progressive talk-radio broadcaster, international Emcee and TV personality. He has been in movies and on Broadway. Springer won America’s heart with his ballroom dancing on the third season of “Dancing With The Stars” in 2006.

Everyone knew Springer had “arrived” when he was the featured character in The Simpson’s’ 1998 Halloween Special. He has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Esquire and New York Magazine and he was recently featured in Vanity Fair’s “Vanities.” Barbara Walters chose Springer as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People in her 1998 Special.

Ringmaster hit bookstore shelves in November 1998. Penned by Springer, it is a personal account of his experiences along with remembrances from his childhood and professional career. In November 1998, Springer made his first venture into feature films, starring in Ringmaster, a fictionalized movie chronicling his television talk show. In 1999, Springer teamed up with Mike Myers, where he portrayed himself in the hit movie Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

In 2001 Springer added Broadway credits to his distinguished list of achievements, starring for a week in the production of the Rocky Horror Show Live. He has twice served as the master of ceremonies for the Miss World Pageant and was the host of “America’s Got Talent” for two seasons.

Springer, born in London, England, travels back to the UK frequently, doing a variety of late night shows there. In 2007, Springer hosted “Nothing But The Truth,” the forerunner of Fox’s “Moment Of Truth.” A parody of The Jerry Springer Show, Jerry Springer The Opera, played in London to sold out crowds at the prestigious National Theater and garnered awards akin to the Tony Awards. The Opera toured throughout England and received outstanding reviews upon its New York premier at Carnegie Hall in January of 2008.

He hosted a variety show in South Africa for M-Net. The South African program was broadcast in more than 40 African nations, featuring interviews with celebrities, monologues and skits in front of a live studio audience, and ranked among the most popular television show in South Africa. All proceeds from the show went to AIDS charities.

This summer Springer made a triumphant West End stage debut starring as Billy Flynn in CHICAGO for a six week run at the Cambridge Theatre in London.

With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon. The London production of CHICAGO continues to hold the record as the longest running American Musical in West End history.

CHICAGO is a must see! Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.” Visit for more information.

CHICAGO will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta from Sept 8-13, 2009. Performances are Tuesday-Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are on sale NOW at all Ticketmaster outlets, at 800-982-2787 and online at Ticket prices range from $20-$67.50. Special group rates are available through the Fox Group Sales Dept. at 404-881-2000.

Theater of the Stars celebrates our 57th Anniversary as one of the nation’s premier regional theater companies. A civic not-for-profit cultural treasure, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about our history of excellence, visit
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