Thursday, February 12, 2009

Anna Nicole: The Opera

The London creators of the hugely successful "Jerry Springer: The Opera" are back with their next project: "Anna Nicole Smith: The Opera". The production is in early stages now and is set to premiere in the UK in 2011, at the Convent Garden Opera House. The director of the opera, Elaine Padmore, said "It is not going to be a horrible, sleazy evening. It is not going to be tawdry; it is going to be witty, clever, thoughtful and sad. In broad outline, it will tell the story of her life, the people who influenced her, her progress. Clearly the story is about a woman who met an ancient gentleman in a wheelchair, but it's not going to be a straight narrative; choices have been made about significant moments, selecting which incidents in her life are to be built up."

The opera will be directed by Richard Jones and the libretto will be provided by Richard Thomas, who was also the co-creator of Jerry Springer the Opera.

Padmore added, "It is not just a documentary about her, but a parable about celebrity and what it does to people. It can be moving, it can be funny and it tells universal truths about human frailty."

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