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Bedella & Dideriksen Round-Out Cast of 'Jerry Springer Opera'

Final casting has been announced for the two night only concert version of the smash hit London musical Jerry Springer – The Opera In Concert which will play Carnegie Hall (881 7th Avenue) for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2008.

Completing the cast are 2004 Lawrence Olivier Award winner David Bedella as the "Warm-Up Man / Satan" and Katrina Rose Dideriksen as "Shawntel." Bedella originated the role of "The Warm-Up Man / Satan" in the acclaimed London production for which he won the 2004 Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Actor.  Dideriksen created the role of Tracy Turnblad for the Las Vegas production of Hairspray appearing alongside Harvey Fierstein.

The duo joins the previously announced Harvey Keitel as "Jerry Springer," Linda Balgord as "Zandra, Irene & Mary," Lawrence Clayton as "Montel & Jesus," Luke Grooms as "Dwight & God," Sean Jenness as "Chucky," Sam Kitchin as "Steve," Patricia Phillips as "Peaches," Laura Shoop as "Baby Jane," Emily Skinner as "Andrea," Max von Essen "Tremont."  The ensemble will feature Katie Banks, Kristy Cates, Patty Goble, Chris Gunn, Celisse Henderson, Robert Hunt, John Eric Parker, Kate Pazakis, Eddie Pendergraft, Richard Poole, Soara-Joye Ross, Tory Ross, Roland Rusinek, John Schiappa, Michael James Scott, Dennis Stowe, Edwin Vega, Sasha Weiss, Betsy Werbel, Jim Weitzer and Lauren Worsham.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q) and with musical direction by Stephen Oremus (Wicked), Jerry Springer the Opera – In Concert features music by Richard Thomas and book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas.

Jerry Springer – The Opera is the historic four-time winner of London's Best Musical prizes (Olivier Award, Critic's Circle Award, Evening Standard Award and What's On Stage Award) - no other show in West End history has achieved this distinction.

"Jerry Springer – The Opera is inspired by America's most lurid TV talk show host who brought worldwide television audiences episodes including "Pregnant by a Transsexual," "Here Come the Hookers" and "I Refuse to Wear Clothes." The production originally premiered in London at The National Theatre on April 29, 2003, where it broke all box office records for a new musical. Following its engagement at the National, the show transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End, where it opened on November 10, 2003.

The complete live original cast recording of Jerry Springer – The Opera is available on Sony Music UK.

Tickets for Jerry Springer – The Opera in Concert are $175.00 - $59.00 and are available now through CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 or www.carnegiehall.org or by visiting the Carnegie Hall box office (57th Street & 7th Avenue).  Performances are Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Katrina Rose Diderkinsen (photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


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