Urinetown to Make U.K. Debut in Londontown
This is Londontown! When Urinetown the musical debut back on Broadway in 2001, the production brought to life the idea of a monopolized business world where even the most basic human needs may soon be controlled by big business. In this case, the example used is the right to use the bathroom. However, in the ten plus years since Urinetown first debuted on the stage, the world today is more like Urinetown than ever before. With movements like OCCUPY dominating cities worldwide, one may wonder; Am I living in Urinetown ? As you will learn if you experience this show, Urinetown can be any town. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Urinetown the musical will make its U.K. debut at London’s St. James Theatre.
Urinetown is a musical which features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The musical is set in a city somewhere in the future that is dealing with a terrible drought. To cope with the conditions of less water, Caldwell B. Cladwell has made a fortune off of monopolizing public toilets. Yes, thats right, If you want to pee, you have to pay. With brutal police keeping the law and order of the town, if you’re caught breaking the law, you are sent off to a infamous place known as Urinetown. No one knows what it is or where it is, but they do know no one ever comes back from it. With the city in need a revolution and a hero, Urinetown plays on the monopolizing business world we have grown to become and takes a dramatic stance to prove just how bad things may get.
Producers announced that Urinetown the musical would make its United Kingdom debut come Spring 2014. The production is set to play the St. James Theatre in London (Pictured Right). Previews for the show will begin February 22nd, 2014 and an official opening is scheduled for March 11th, 2014. The show is currently scheduling performances through May 2014. Urinetown debuted on Broadway in 2001 and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The show went on to win 3 including Best Direction, Best Book and Best Score.
No casting at this point in time has been announced.
The U.K. premiere of Urinetown the musical will be directed by Jamie Lloyd. Lloyd is currently represented in the West End with two productions, The Pride and The Commitments. He has directed many other production in London’s West End and most recently directed Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway which was produced by Roundabout Theatre Company at The American Airlines Theatre.
In a statement to the press, Lloyd talked about just how truly excited he is to bring to life this fantastic theatrical work to the stage in London.
“I have wanted to direct Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s idiosyncratic musical for many years. Whilst sounding like a contemporary Kurt Weill score, Urinetown takes a hilarious, off-kilter look at a dystopian future that chimes with our times, exposing the reality that our way of life is no longer sustainable. It engages in a highly pertinent, political conversation, whilst keeping its tongue in its cheek and a beating heart at its centre. I am thrilled that we are introducing this unique piece of musical theatre to a UK audience for the very first time.”
The rest of the production team for Urinetown the Musical includes Soutra Gilmour as production designer, Adam Silverman as lighting designer and Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster as sound designers. Ann Yee will choreograph the production and Alan Williams will serve as musical supervisor. The show is being produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group.
Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you more coverage of Urinetown the Musical as it makes its way to the stage in the United Kingdom for the first time! Check back later for photos, casting and more all the way until opening night of this production. For more information, visit Urinetown’s Official West End Website. Visit Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!