First produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the show, which has music by Richard Thomas, and book and lyrics by Thomas and Stewart Lee, is inspired by Springer's television talk show. It presents a series of unusual characters, each of whom are desperate for their "Jerry Springer moment." In Act I, Springer's guests include a man with a fiancée, a lover, and another lover with a secret. Act II depicts Springer in hell.
The show was produced at London's National Theatre in 2003 and transferred to the West End in 2005, where it won the Olivier Award, Critic's Circle Award, Evening Standard Award, and Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Musical.
It has also been produced in Chicago and Memphis, with other American productions scheduled for this season. While there was some talk about a Broadway production in the past, no plans have been announced to produce the show in New York.