Richard Fleeshman, Jenna Russell & More Star in URINETOWN at St. James Theatre, Beg. Tonight
The cast for URINETOWN The Musical includes Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs Millennium), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Richard Fleeshman (Bobby Strong), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue/Cladwell's Secretary), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/Josephine Strong), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Male Swing 1), Jo Napthine (Female Swing 2), Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), Matthew Seadon-Young (Robbie The Stockfish/UGC Executive 1) and Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock).
Jamie Lloyd is directing the UK premiere of URINETOWN The Musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The musical runs at the St James Theatre from tonight, 22 February until 3 May 2014, with opening night on 11 March 2014.
URINETOWN The Musical is produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group with production design by Evening Standard award winner, Soutra Gilmour, choreography by Ann Yee, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Terry Jardine & Nick Lidster, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and musical supervision by Alan Williams.
URINETOWN The Musical ran on Broadway to great acclaim from 2001 until 2004 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, and won for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction. In addition, it also won three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.
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.
A tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution set in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. This hilarious musical comedy hits London in 2014.
Katie Bernstein's stage credits include Payback at Riverside Studios, Rent on a UK Tour, Run at the Polka Theatre and Goodbye Barcelona at the Arcola Theatre.
Cory English was most recently on stage in the US in Somewhere in Time at Portland Centre Stage. His Broadway credits include Chicago, Young Frankenstein, Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Hello Dolly, Damn Yankees, Guys And Dolls and Gypsy. His UK stage credits include Chicago, Guys And Dolls and The Producers (for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in a touring company).
Richard Fleeshman's stage credits include Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre and on Broadway (for which he won the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Actor in a musical) and Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. He is best known on screen as Craig Harris in Coronation Street. Richard's other screen credits include Moving On, Midsomer Murders, All The Small Things, Reading Bedtime Stories, Monday Monday, Blue Murder IV and An Angel For May. Richard also secured a major record deal with Universal Records upon leaving Coronation Street.
Madeleine Harland's stage credits include Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, Guys And Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Palladium, Carousel at Chichester Festival Theatre, Tell Me On A Sunday on a UK Tour, Madonna And Me at Jermyn St Theatre/Union Theatre and Cats on a UK/International Tour. Madeleine's screen credits include The Gist and Hollyoaks.
Rosanna Hyland's stage credits include Sister Act The Musical at the Palladium and cover for Julie Jordan in Carousel at the Savoy Theatre and Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Julie Jupp's stage credits include Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre, Finding Neverland at Leicester Curve, A Bowl Of Cherries at Charing Cross Theatre, Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Boston Marriage, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Mikado all at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Turandot at Hampstead Theatre, Bad Girls at the Garrick Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse, Alice In Wonderland at West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Card and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. Julie's screen credits include Topsy Turvy, Hello You, Tree of Hands, Serious & Organised, Casualty, Doctors and EastEnders.
Mark Meadows' stage credits include A Man of No Importance, Epsom Downs and The Herbal Bed all at Salisbury Playhouse, The Tempest at the Theatre Royal, Bath, Goodbye Barcelona at the Arcola Theatre, Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre, The Three Musketeers at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, The Giant at Hampstead Theatre, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream both at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, White Christmas at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, Longitude and Moby Dick both at Greenwich Theatre, 5/11 at Chichester Festival Theatre, King Lear and Six Pictures Of Lee Miller both at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, The Emperor & The Nightingale at the Watermill Theatre, High Society at the Sheffield Crucible and Look Back in Anger, Up The Feeder and A Street Car Named Desire all at Bristol Old Vic. Mark's screen credits include Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors, Nicholas Nickleby, and High Heels & Lowlifes.
Joel Montague's stage credits include Rocky Horror Show on a UK Tour, Sister Act on a UK Tour, Dick Whittington at Milton Keynes Theatre and Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Joel's screen credits include Move Like Michael Jackson, Coronation Street, Girls in Love, Grange Hill, World in Action and In Suspicious Circumstances.
Jo Napthine's stage credits include Oliver on a UK Tour and Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, Les Miserables and The Woman In White both at the Palace Theatre, Kiss Me Kate at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Jerry Springer - The Opera at The National Theatre/Cambridge Theatre, and The Sound Of Music and Sister Act both at the London Palladium.
Olivier award winning Jenna Russell's stage credits include Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre, Soho Cinders at Soho Theatre, Season's Greetings at The National Theatre, Into The Woods, The Card and A Midsummer Night's Dream all at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Sunday In The Park With George for the Roundabout Theater Company, New York, Amy's View at the Theatre Royal, Bath, Sunday In The Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory/Wyndham's Theatre, Guys And Dolls and Into The Woods both at the Donmar Warehouse, High Society at the Crucible, As You Like It, Anthony And Cleopatra, The Winters Tale, Misha's Party, The Beggars Opera and Wildest Dreams all for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Three Sisters at the Royal Court, Hunting Scenes... Bavaria at The Gate Theatre, Kiss The Sky at The Bush Theatre, I Have Been Before at the Royal Exchange, The Gingerbread Lady at Dundee Repertory Theatre, Martin Guerre at the Prince Edward Theatre, Follies at Shaftesbury Theatre, Just So at the Tricycle Theatre and Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre. Jenna's screen credits include The Ladies Paradise, Holby City, Minder, Born And Bred, Men Only, Peak Practice, Picking Up The Pieces, On The Up, Home To Roost, Missing Persons, Purple People Eater, Better Class Of Person, The Bill, Saracen, Sister Catherine, The Party, Your Place Or Mine, Coming Out, The Fear, P'tang Yang Kipperbang and Sacred Hearts.
Matthew Seadon-Young's stage credits include The School For Scandal at the Theatre Royal, Bath, She Stoops To Conquer at The National Theatre and Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre. Matthew also sang at the 85th Academy Awards (Oscars - 2013) and The 25th Anniversary Concert for Les Miserables at the O2 Arena, London. Matthew also appeared in the award winning film of Les Miserables directed by Tom Hooper.
Jonathan Slinger's work for the RSC includes; Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, The Comedy Of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Homecoming, Richard II, Richard III, Henry VI, Part One, Henry VI, Part Two, Henry VI, Part Three, Henry IV, Part One, Henry IV, Part Two, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors, The American Pilot, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Jonathan's other stage work includes Yes, Prime Minister at the Chichester Festival Theatre, The Gods Weep for the RSC/Hampstead Theatre, Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic, Power, The Duchess Of Malfi and The Coast Of Utopia at The National Theatre, Bones at Newcastle LIVE and Hampstead Theatre, Medea at the Queen's Theatre, As You Like It and Dreaming both at the Royal Exchange, Widower's House at The National Theatre/UK Tour, Mother Courage at Contact Theatre, The Winter's Tale and The Maid's Tragedy both at Shakespeare's Globe. Jonathan's screen credits include The Adventures of Daniel, Vexed, Paradox, The Bill, Krod Mandoon, Hunter, Hustle, A Touch of Frost, Ladies and Gentlemen, To The Ends Of The Earth, Rosemary & Thyme, Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War, Murder in Suburbia, Cold Feet, Out Of Hours, Still, Harmony, A Knight's Tale, Forgive & Forget and The Last September.
Jamie Lloyd recently created Jamie Lloyd Productions, a production venture with Ambassador Theatre Group. With this company, he is presenting a season of work as Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed, Trafalgar Studios: The Pride, The Hothouse, Macbeth (Olivier nomination for Best Revival), and a soon to be announced fourth production. Other theatre credits include: Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout Theatre Company; American Airlines Theatre, Broadway); The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic); She Stoops to Conquer (National, Olivier; Whatsonstage nomination for Best Revival); The Faith Machine, The Pride (Royal Court; Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for The Pride), Inadmissible Evidence, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Passion, Polar Bears (Donmar; Evening Standard Award for Best Musical for Passion), Piaf (Donmar, also Vaudeville/Teatro Liceo, Buenos Aires/Nuevo Teatro Alcala, Madrid; Olivier nomination for Best Musical Revival, Hugo Award for Best Director, Clarin Award for Best Musical Production, ADEET Award for Best Production); The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Three Days of Rain (Apollo; Olivier nomination for Best Revival, Whatsonstage nomination for Best Revival), The Lover and The Collection (Comedy) and Elegies: a Song Cycle (Arts) in the West End; The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath); Salome (Headlong); Eric's (Liverpool Everyman) and The Caretaker (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle). Jamie has also directed plays as a part of the Old Vic 24 Hour Plays and the Royal Court International Residencies. Jamie was Associate Director of the Donmar from 2008 to 2011 and Associate Artist of Headlong. Jamie is currently directing The Commitments, running at the Palace Theatre.