It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
Universal Theatrical Group is the team behind...
Matthew Seadon-Young will take on the lead role of Bobby Strong in the West End production, the role previously played by Richard Fleeshman at the St James Theatre. Nathan Amzi will join the company in the role of Officer Barrel, alongside new additions to the cast Alasdair Buchan (Swing), Christina Modestou (Swing), Kane Oliver Parry (Robbie The Stockfish) and Vicky Lee Taylor (Swing).
It has also been announced that Simon Paisley Day will reprise his role as the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, joining the previously announced cast which also includes Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock), Marc Elliott (Mr. McQueen), 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).
Urinetown The Musical enjoyed a successful run at the St James Theatre, a 312-seat Off West End venue in Victoria, from 22 Feb to 3 May 2014. This marked the show's UK premiere, opening to good reviews from the popular press: "a subversive delight " (Londontheatre.co.uk); "darkly entertaining and exceptionally sharp show" (Daily Telegraph); "It’s impossible to deny the originality of this crowd-pleaser" (The Evening Standard).
The show features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The creative team include musical supervision & direction by Alan Williams, scenic design by Soutra Gilmour, choreography by Ann Yee, lighting by Adam Silverman and sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster. It is produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group.
Urinetown The Musical 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!
The musical ran on Broadway from 2001 until 2004 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, and won for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction.