How To Follow “Harvey”? Britney!

I’ve been hearing a spectrum of responses to this week’s two performances of “Jerry Springer: The Opera” at Carnegie Hall. (See reviews here and here.) Richard Thomas (pictured), the show’s London-based creator, attended the New York show, and afterward said that his next project, workshopping very soon in London, is a ballet called “Meltdown,” based partly on Britney Spears. “My heart bleeds for her,” Thomas said. “She played everything perfect, did everything right, and what frightens me is this Schadenfreude-y glee in her demise.”

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