Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan: The Rock Opera is a thing. Seriously. And 20 years after the strange attack on Kerrigan, the Tony Harding rock opera is taking the show on the road to Hollywood.
As the Winter Olympics approach, there has been a lot of reflection on the incident that took place in 1994. With an ESPN documentary and Harding’s own host of attempts to remain in the spotlight over the years, it has been hard to forget the knee injury that shocked the world. Even recently, Harding claimed that her incident with Nancy Kerrigan “ruined her life”.
Most of that you probably already knew. What you may not have known is that there is a rock opera inspired by the incident that ruined Harding’s life and ended Kerrigan’s run for gold in the 1994 Winter Olympics. It really is called Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera. They have a website and everything.
The site claims the show is a combination of tragedy and comedy, telling the stories of these two young figure skaters. Elizabeth Searle is responsible for developing the “libretto” of the opera. Libretto is the actual lyrics and verbal script for the performance. Her creative decisions are influenced heavily by the tabloid and news coverage of the attack and surrounding events. Her reason for choosing this story? She believes it has everything to do with life in America.
“Ridiculous story, yes, of course. But it has everything to do with life in America.”
The show has only been performed at limited venues, so if you are dying to relive one of the strangest moments in US Winter Olympics history or if you can not get enough Tonya Harding, get tickets now. The show will only be a two night opportunity at the King King Club on Hollywood Boulevard on February 4 and 5. If you get your tickets ahead of time, they will cost $20, $25 at the door.
If you do go see the Tonya Harding rock opera, would you be so kind as to leave a review?