People: Dec. 16, 2002

THE ROYAL SPRINGER

Jerry Springer, who gained fame by pandering to the basest aspects of human nature, is being adopted by purveyors of high culture. For one of his first productions, the newly installed director of the Royal National Theater in London has chosen an opera based on Springer's talk show. A version of the opera debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this summer and is being reworked for an April opening in London. The new opera is expected to include such crowd pleasers as a kick line of Ku Klux Klansmen and a diaper fetishist. One hopes that...

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