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Comedian Phill Jupitus will join Urinetown The Musical, in the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell, at the Apollo Theatre from 1 Dec 2014. The West End transfer, directed by Jamie Lloyd and produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group, is running at the venue until 10 January 2015.
Phill Jupitus is best known for BBC2’s pop quiz 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', where he has been a team captain since the programme started in 1996. Jupitus’ London theatre credits include 'Hairspray' at the Shaftesbury Theatre, in the role of Edna Turnblad. Other stage credits include 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' (Edinburgh Traverse Theatre), 'Big Society' (Leeds City Varieties) and 'Spamalot' (UK and Ireland tour).
It has also been announced that current cast members Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), Simon Paisley Day (Caldwell B. Cladwell) and Marc Elliott (Mr. McQueen) will be performing in their roles for the final time on 29 November 2014. Existing cast members Julie Jupp and Alasdair Buchan will be taking over the roles of Penelope Pennywise and Mr. McQueen from 1 December 2014.
The production 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. Cast also includes: Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock), Matthew Seadon-Young (Bobby Strong), Nathan Amzi (Officer Barrel), 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), 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).
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. The show's UK premiere enjoyed a successful run at the St James Theatre, a 312-seat Off West End venue in Victoria, from 22 February to 3 May 2014.