Simon Paisley Day, Jenna Russell, Richard Fleeshman and Jonathan Slinger lead the cast in the UK premiere of multi-Tony Award-winning Urinetown the Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening for previews this weekend at St James Theatre, London (running until 3 May 2014, press night is 11 March).
The cast for the musical, which features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, is as follows: Chris Bennett, Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs Millennium), Alasdair Buchan, Simon Paisley Day (Caldwell B Cladwell), Marc Elliott (Mr McQueen), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Richard Fleeshman (Bobby Strong), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue/Cladwell’s Secretary), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Karis Jack (Little Sally), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/Josephine Strong), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague, Jo Napthine, Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/Dr Billeaux), Adam Pearce (Officer Barrel), Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), Charlotte Scott, Matthew Seadon-Young (Robbie The Stockfish/UGC Executive) and Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock).
In a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, business tycoon Caldwell B Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolisation of all public toilets. With a brutal police force maintaining law and order, it’s not a place to get caught short! Risk it and you will be sent off to a place no one returns from – the infamous Urinetown.
The city needs a revolution and every revolution needs a hero… however unlikely.
Urinetown the Musical is a tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution set in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Urinetown the Musical is produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group with production design by Soutra Gilmour, choreography by Ann Yee, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and musical supervision by Alan Williams.
The show ran on Broadway from 2001 until 2004 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction.
Jamie Lloyd recently created Jamie Lloyd Productions, a production venture with Ambassador Theatre Group. His musical stagings include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Passion (Donmar Warehouse) and Piaf (Donmar/Vaudeville) and The Commitments at the Palace Theatre. Lloyd is also due to direct the forthcoming stage musical of Back to the Future.