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Archive for Jerry Springer

Video of Jerry Springer singing “All I Care About is Love” in Broadway’s Chicago

Were you curious about late-night talk show host Jerry Springer’s performance as Billy Flinn in Broadway’s Chicagoa? There’s now a taste of it online:


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Casting changes for Shrek, Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Wicked, Chicago and Billy Elliot

There have been lots of casting changes announced in recent weeks, so rather than making you read multiple entries, I thought I would do a lovely roundup of all of them for you!

STARTING AUGUST 17

Rock of Ages
Don Stephenson (The Producers, Dracula, By Jeeves, Titanic, Private Lives, Parade, Wonderful Town) temporarily steps in for Paul Schoeffler in the role of Hertz in Rock of Ages. Schoeffler is on leave to play Lawrence in the Walnut Street Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and will return to the show on Oct. 26.

STARTING AUGUST 18

Burn the Floor
Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev (“So You Think You Can Dance”) take over for Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff (“Dancing with the Stars”) in the new musical Burn the Floor.

Wicked
Michelle Federer, who originated the role of Nessarose in the Broadway production of Wicked, returns to the role, taking over for Cristy Candler.

Chicago
Talk show host Jerry Springer is stepping into the role of Billy Flynn in Broadway’s Chicago. He will play the role through September 6.

Shrek
Ben Crawford (Les Miserables), the current standby for Brian d’Arcy James, will take over the title role in Shrek on November 10 and Robb Sapp (Wicked) will temporarily step into the role of Pinocchio, replacing John Tartaglia during his leave of absence (Tartaglia will return mid December).

STARTING AUGUST 22

Billy Elliot
Trevor Braun (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) will join the cast of Broadway’s Billy Elliot a couple days later than originally announced (the 22nd, rather than the 18th). He and Tony nominee David Bologna will alternate in the role of Michael.


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Jerry Springer to Play Billy Flynn in Broadway’s Chicago

Talk show host Jerry Springer will be joining the cast of Broadway’s Chicago as lawyer Billy Flynn from August 18 – September 6. He has already played the part in London and will go on to play the role in the Atlanta and Philadelphia versions of Chicago after his stint on Broadway.

“I get the character of Billy Flynn,” Mr. Springer said of playing the role. “He’s a flamboyant Chicago attorney. I’m an attorney, I did a television show in Chicago, and my public personality is pretty flamboyant. But for his ethical lapses, there are similarities.”


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