Full Casting Announced For Splash Hit Musical Urinetown
| By London Theatre Direct
Simon Paisley Day (Musketeers, Doctor Who, Titanic, Sherlock, Spartacus, Being Human) will be reprising his critically-acclaimed role as the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company) in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd’s ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical at the Apollo Theatre.
Returning to the show after its sell out season at The St James Theatre, rising star Matthew Seadon-Young will be taking on a new role, as Bobby Strong, Urinetown’s most unlikely hero, alongside BBC’s The Voice star Nathan Amzi who will be playing the role of Officer Barrel.
Further cast announced today for Urinetown The Musical are Alasdair Buchan (Swing), Christina Modestou (Swing), Kane Oliver Parry (Robbie The Stockfish) and Vicky Lee Taylor (Swing).
Jamie Lloyd, Director, “I am really excited that we now have the full cast for our West End transfer of Urinetown. It is great that the brilliantly talented Simon Paisley Day is reprising the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell for our run at the Apollo Theatre. I am also thrilled that Matthew Seadon-Young will be getting the opportunity to play Bobby Strong. He is an extraordinary talent and very much a rising star to watch. I am looking forward to what he will bring to the role for our West End audiences. I saw Nathan Amzi’s fantastic performance in In The Heights, and obviously he is well known for his recent stint on the BBC’s hit show The Voice UK, and I know he will add another dimension to our multi-talented cast”.
They join the previously announced Olivier Award-winning & Tony Nominee Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), star of the RSC Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock), EastEnders’ 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), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague (Swing) and Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux), who all appeared in Urinetown’s original UK premiere run at the St James Theatre.
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. Richard Fitch is the Associate Director.
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 golden drop of a hope to change the world.
Urinetown, the splashback hit 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.
Simon Paisley Day was most recently on stage in Urinetown: The Musical at the St James Theatre. Simon has worked extensively at the National Theatre including; Twelfth Night, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Coast Of Utopia, Albert Speer, Hamlet, Candide, Troilus and Cressida, Money and Oh What a Lovely War! Simon’s other stage credits include The Low Road and The Ugly One both at the Royal Court, The Taming of the Shrew and Timon of Athens both at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Private Lives at the Music Box Theatre, New York & The Vaudeville, London, Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Trafalgar Studios, The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, Don’t Look Now at the Lyric Hammersmith, The Philanthropist at the Donmar Warehouse, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night at Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, By Jeeves! at Scarborough and The Duke of York’s Theatre and A Woman of No Importance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Most recently he wrote the comedy Raving, which was directed by Edward Hall and enjoyed a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre. Simon’s screen credits include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Musketeers, Titanic, Spartacus, Midsomer Murders, Queen and Country, The Untitled Cycling Project, Madame Bovary and The Falling.
Matthew Seadon-Young’s theatre credits include Urinetown The Musical at the St James Theatre as Robbie the Stockfish, The Architects at the Biscuit Factory, School for Scandal at the Theatre Royal Bath, She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre and Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre. Matthew’s screen credits include Pride and Les Miserables.
Nathan Amzi’s theatre credits include In The Heights at the Southwark Playhouse, Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre/Garrick Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeares Globe/Los Angeles/Broadway, A Small Family Business at the Watford Palace Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour and Miss Saigon UK Tour. Nathan’s screen credits include London Road and Give Out Girls. He was most recently seen on BBC One’s The Voice UK and was mentored by Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs.
Alasdair Buchan’s theatre credits include Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios, The Pride at the Trafalgar Studios, Urinetown: The Musical at the St James Theatre, Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Tobacco Factory, Charlotte’s Web at The Waterside, Macbeth at The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Redgrave Theatre Bristol, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Courtyard Theatre, Newsrevue at the Canal Café Theatre, The Lost World at the Bristol Old Vic, Git at Richmix and Elegy at the Shunt Vaults. Alasdair’s screen credits include Casualty and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Christina Modestou’s theatre credits include Edges at the Tabard Theatre, In The Heights at the Southwark Playhouse, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Aladdin at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and The London Revue at the Canal Café Theatre. Christina’s screen credits include Belonging and Love Actually.
Kane Oliver Parry’s theatre credits include The Light Princess at the National Theatre, We Will Rock You the International Arena Tour and Cool Rider at the Lyric Theatre. Kane has also been involved in several workshops for the National Theatre.
Vicky Lee Taylor’s theatre credits include A Chorus Line at the London Palladium Theatre, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Union Theatre, Carousel at the Arcola Theatre, Hairspray at Leicester Curve, Letters to Myself at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Annie at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Betwixt! at Trafalgar Studios, A Christmas Carol at Birmingham REP/West Yorkshire Playhouse, Stepping Out at Oldham Coliseum, The Witches of Eastwick Uk Tour, The Young Ones at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Guys and Dolls Uk Tour, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Uk Tour, Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward Theatre/International Tour, The Famous Five Uk Tour, Listen to the Wind at the King’s Head and also appeared in the 2012 Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays. Vicky’s screen credits include The Queen’s Nose, Big Meg Little Meg, Star for a Night, Heartbeat, If… and Emmerdale. Vicky also co-presented The Sooty Show on CITV.