Urinetown revealed as St James Theatre's ‘secret’ musical

Urinetown revealed as St James Theatre's ‘secret’ musical

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Following persistent secrecy and rumours, London's St James Theatre has revealed that the hit Broadway musical URINETOWN will run at the venue in 2014. The Tony Award winning show will receive its UK premiere from 22 February, playing until 3 May 2014.

    Jamie Lloyd (The Commitments, The Pride) will direct. Lloyd described the unveiling as "sort of the worst kept secret in the business" and confirmed that if all goes well, the show will transfer to the West End.

    A dystopian tale, URINETOWN is set in a city suffering a terrible drought, where a business tycoon has made his fortune by monopolising public toilets. With a brutal police force inflicting, anyone getting caught short is sent not to jail but to the infamous Urinetown. What the city needs is a hero...

    St James Theatre's Artistic Director David Gilmore said, "When I first took this job a couple of years ago, I made a list of shows I would like to see in this theatre. At the top of that list I wrote one word, URINETOWN. I think it's an exciting, innovative, edgy, modern, tuneful, funny satirical show."

    He confirmed that the UK production of URINETOWN will be "darker" and "grungier" than the Broadway original. Rather than reset the musical in Britain as had previously been discussed, the director confirmed that the show would stay in an "atmospheric, dystopian Gotham-like city that I think our audience will really enjoy".

    Full casting has not yet been completed, but Lloyd spoke of his confidence that the production will include some "very well loved musical theatre actors and also some surprises, which I'm really thrilled about".

    Features book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, URINETOWN ran on Broadway from 2001 until 2004, and won Tonys for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction.

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