No, You Di'n't!
Congratulations are in order for Memphis' only professional resident company theater, Playhouse on the Square, recently awarded one of the first American licenses to perform Jerry Springer, The Opera. The British hit marries the musical performance tropes of traditional opera with all the finger-waving jackassery of Springer's incomprehensibly popular talk show. Yes, somebody thinks they're all that. Yes, grills are "gotten up in." And, yes, Jerry sings a little show tune in hell.
Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait for this award-winning, (e)schatological blend of highest art and lowest brow. Jerry Springer, the Opera will open Playhouse on the Square's 38th season August 10, 2007.
The K.O. Ho?
Congratulations are in order for Mike Tyson, as well. In 2002, it seemed as though the pugilist's career was over. Thanks to his rape conviction, a taste for Evander Holyfield's ear, and other unsavory stuff, the Nevada Boxing Commission refused to license Iron Mike to fight. As a result, he had to come all the way to Memphis to get his bell rung by Lennox Lewis. Now the former heavyweight champ is looking to make a major career shift.
According to MemphisRap.com, Tyson has been tapped to be the, um, big attraction at Heidi's Stud Farm, a 60-acre brothel for women in Pahrump, Nevada, operated by Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.
If, for some reason, Tyson is barred from, um, performing in Nevada, longtime operators of the Pyramid say a concert or other major event is being considered for some time in February.