GHOST's Richard Fleeshman to Star in URINETOWN at St. James Theatre, Feb 2014
The Daily Mail reports that Richard Fleeshman, who just participated in a workshop production of the new BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM musical and last starred in the West End's GHOST, will soon be starring in a slightly more "low-brow" role.
He will play 'Bobby Strong' in the London debut of URINETOWN at the St. James Theatre, beginning February 22, 2014.
"He's a municipal toilet clerk. He looks after a loo," Fleeshman told the Mail, laughing. "He's more downtrodden than the guy in GHOST, but the love story is just as strong."
Read the original report here.
Fleeshman will be joined by Jenna Russell, Cory English and Jonathan Slinger and directed by Jamie Lloyd (The Commitments).
URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL follows Assistant Urinal Custodian Bobby Strong and his dealings with the Urine Good Company, a megacorporation that controls all restroom activities, as well as his fellow townies. The show touches on capitalism, bureaucracy, politics and much more.
URINETOWN features music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, with book by Kotis. The musical debuted at FringeNYC before premiering off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors in 2001. It went on to Broadway that same year and ran through January 2004, starring Hunter Foster in the lead role and directed by John Rando. URINETOWN won the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Direction of a Musical.
Aside from GHOST on the West End and on Broadway, Fleeshman has appeared on television in Coronation Street and All the Small Things. He won the reality show Stars in Their Eyes at age 13 in 2003 and went on to top Soapstar Superstar in 2006. He released his debut album "Neon" in 2007 with Universal Records.
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