Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger & Marc Elliott to Reprise Roles in West End Transfer of URINETOWN
Olivier Award winning Jenna Russell, star of the RSC, Jonathan Slinger, and EastEnders' Marc Elliott, reprise their acclaimed roles, Penelope Pennywise, Officer Lockstock and Mr. McQueen respectively, in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical.
Further confirmed casting, from Urinetown's original UK premiere run at the St James Theatre, include Chris Bennett (Swing), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), 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 (Swing) and Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/ Dr. Billeaux).
Further casting will be announced shortly, including the roles of Caldwell B. Cladwell and Bobby Strong.
Director Jamie Lloyd's critically acclaimed, sell-out production of Urinetown The Musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre from 29 September 2014. The production is designed by Evening Standard award winner Soutra Gilmour with choreography by Ann Yee, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Terry Jardine & Nick Lidster, casting by David Grindrod Associates, wig & hair design by Richard Mawbey, fight direction by Kate Waters, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and musical supervision & direction by Alan Williams.
This sharp-witted rampant riot of a show tells the tale of a town fit to burst; spending a penny can prove problematic in a place where the privilege to pee has become a punishable offence. There is no such thing as rent free relief until our young hero, Bobby Strong, appears - with more than a good set of pipes - and starts a revolution!
Sometimes all you need is a drop of a hope to change the world.
URINETOWN The Musical originally 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.
Marc Elliott is best known from his role as Syed Masood in EastEnders. Marc's stage credits include Tape at Trafalgar Studios, Wild Turkey at Troy Café, The History Boys at the National Theatre, Bells and Chaos both at Birmingham Rep, The Maids at the Lyric Hammersmith and Lord of the Flies for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Marc's other screen credits include Midsomer Murders, Holby City, The Invisibles, The Bill, MI High and Lewis.
Olivier award winning Jenna Russell's stage credits include Mr. Burns at the Almeida Theatre, 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.
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 Urinetown at St James Theatre, 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's theatre credits include Richard III, The Pride, The Hothouse and Macbeth (Olivier nomination for Best Revival), all for Jamie Lloyd Productions at Trafalgar Transformed, Trafalgar Studios, a production venture with Ambassador Theatre Group. Other credits include The Commitments (Palace Theatre), 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). He 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 will direct and is co-writing Back to The Future - The Musical in 2015.
Photo Credit : Johan Persson