URINETOWN Wins Big in BroadwayWorld.com UK Awards; Phill Jupitus Joins Cast
Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical has been voted the Best New Musical In The West End in the BroadwayWorld.com UK 2014 awards as renowned comedian Phill Jupitus(Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Hairspray, Monty Python's Spamalot) steps into the role of the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, from Monday 1 December.
The Broadwayworld.com UK Awards have now been running for five years and are entirely public driven. Both the shortlist and the winners are entirely chosen by the theatregoing public themselves.
Director Jamie Lloyd's critically acclaimed production of the multi Tony award winning musical Urinetown, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, is currently running at the Apollo Theatre until 10 January 2015.
Urinetown is a sharp-witted rampant riot of a show that 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.
Further casting includes star of the RSC, Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock), Matthew Seadon-Young(Bobby Strong), Nathan Amzi (Officer Barrel), Chris Bennett (Swing), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Alasdair Buchan (Mr. McQueen) Stuart Dawes (Swing), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Liz Ewing (Old Woman / Josephine Strong), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Karis Jack (Little Sally), Julie Jupp (Penelope Pennywise) Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/ UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Christina Modestou(Swing), Joel Montague (Swing), Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/ Dr. Billeaux), Kane Oliver Parry (Robbie The Stockfish) and Vicki Lee Taylor (Swing).
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 by Alan Williams. Richard Fitch is the Associate Director.
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.
Phill Jupitus' stage credits include White Rabbit Red Rabbit at the Edinburgh Traverse Theatre, Big Society at the Leeds City Varieties, King Arthur in Spamalot on UK and Ireland tour, and his critically acclaimed performance of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. He became a household name when he started as team captain on BBC2'S Pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Twenty-three series later Phill is the last man standing from the original line-up. Phill was also a regular on the national and London comedy circuits for 11 years.
Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and his live stand up shows, Phill currently appears as a regular guest on QI on BBC2, and in 2012 returned to television stand-up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live at the Apollo on BBC1. On BBC Radio 4, Phill is a regular member of the award winning News Quiz in addition to numerous presenting work on such shows as Phill Jupitus' Comic Strips, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The Man Who Bought Hendrix's Stage.
Phill became the first broadcasted voice on BBC 6 Music when the station first launched in 2002 and continued to host the Breakfast Show until 2007. In 2010 his critically acclaimed book was published, Good Morning Nantwich - Adventures In Breakfast Radio, where Phill finds out what really makes the listening nation tick first thing in the morning.
URINETOWN The Musical is produced by JULIAN STONEMAN ASSOCIATES & THE ARACA GROUP, along with JENIFER EVANS, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Greenleaf Productions, in association with Flora Suk Hwa Yoon, Los Foleys, Olympus Theatricals, Deborah Negri, Richard Winkler, Manal Morrar.