Southern California premiere engagement opens in Costa Mesa
April 27-May 2 in Segerstrom Hall

It's simply the story of two kids who fall in love in a city in the middle of a water shortage …

It has also become Broadway's most unexpected phenomenon in years and the winner of the 2002 Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Book and Best Music and Lyrics. The national tour of Urinetown: The Musical comes to the Orange County Performing Arts Center as part of the 2003-2004 Bank of America Broadway Series April 27 through May 2. Tickets are $27.75 to $64.75 and on sale now at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For information about savings available to groups of 20 or more, call (714) 755-0236. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists, dates and programs are subject to change. The sign language interpreted performance will be Saturday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
The Center applauds Bank of America, Mercedes-Benz, official vehicle of the Broadway Series and Sempra Energy for their support of the Broadway Series.

 This musical-comedy tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a city where water is worth its weight in gold has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "fresh, exuberant and even moving - somewhere beyond the sublime and beyond the ridiculous." A show that both celebrates and spoofs the best of Broadway traditions, The New York Times calls it "a great musical - extraordinary, hilarious, and entirely original. It is simply the most galvanizing theatre experience in town. And did I mention that Urinetown is hilarious?"

 The unlikely idea for the show came to Greg Kotis during an under-funded backpacking trip through Europe. Doing whatever he could to not spend money, he wandered the Luxembourg Gardens debating with himself whether to use one of the city's pay-per-use toilets. This was the germ of the idea which he later pitched to his friend and fellow Chicago fringe-theater alum, Mark Hollmann. Their collaboration produced Urinetown: The Musical, a work that was resoundingly rejected by theaters, agents and development organizations, until finally, the New York International Fringe Festival added it to their 1999 roster.

 Urinetown was the hit of the festival and drew the attention of the Araca Group. With their backing and additional creative support, a commercial reading was mounted in 2000, whereby Dodger Stage Holding, Lauren Mitchell and TheaterDreams joined the group. May 6, 2001 saw the opening of Urinetown at the American Theater of Actors - it became an instant hit, and in September the show moved
to the Henry Miller Theatre, becoming a Broadway phenomenon and earning Tony Awards for Best Music and Lyrics, Best Book and Best Direction.

 Greg Kotis (Book, Lyrics Co-Writer) is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, creators of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, the long-running, ongoing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. His play about fish, toast and a love stronger and grimmer than death, Jobey and Katherine, enjoyed runs in New York and Chicago in 1997. As a member of Cardiff-Giant, he appeared in countless anarchic improvisations and co-authored six plays including LBJFKKK, Love Me, and Aftertaste! (The Musical).

 Mark Hollmann (Music, Lyrics Co-Writer) is a former ensemble member of the Cardiff-Giant Theatre Company in Chicago. He played trombone for the Chicago art-rock band Maestro Subgum and the Whole, and played piano for the Second City national touring company and Chicago City Limits. Hollmann attended the Making Tuners Workshop at New Tuners Theatre in Chicago and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York.

Starring in the Urinetown tour are: Tom Hewitt as the avuncular narrator, Officer Lockstock. He recently played Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, receiving both the Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Ron Holgate is cast in the role of Caldwell B. Cladwell, greedy corporate villain. He most recently starred as Don Quixote in a national tour of Man of La Mancha, and was seen on Broadway as Harrison Howell in the revival of Kiss Me Kate. He was awarded the Tony Award for his performance as Richard Henry Lee in 1776. Beth McVey will appear as Penelope Pennywise. She was seen on Broadway in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts) and in the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera. Christiane Noll will play Cladwell's naïve daughter Hope Cladwell. She appeared on Broadway in It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde and Grease! Charlie Pollock joins the tour from the Broadway cast of Urinetown, reprising the role of Bobby Strong, the boyfriend-becomes-revolutionary. He was in the original company of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick…Boom! Meghan Strange will play Little Sally, the wise-beyond-her-years fellow narrator. She was seen in New York City Opera's Wonderful Town and Into the Woods at the Walnut Street Theatre.
 Rounding out the cast are Jim Corti (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Dennis Kelly (Senator Fipp), Jamie LaVerdiere (Mr. McQueen), and Richard Ruiz (Officer Barrel), along with Katie Adams, Anne Allgood, Frank Holmes, Todd A. Horman, Robyn Kramer, Michael Minarik, Patricia Ben Peterson, Leslie Kritzer,  Richard White and Christopher Youngsman.

 The National Tour production is directed by John Rando (2002 Tony Award for Best Direction) with choreography by John Carrafa. Designs are by Scott Pask (set), Gregory Gale (costumes), Brian McDevitt (lighting), Jeff Curtis and Lew Mead (sound design), Darlene Dannenfelser (wig/hair design). Bruce Coughlin provided orchestrations. All are from the Broadway production.

 The National Tour of Urinetown: The Musical is produced by The Araca Group and Dodger Stage Holding with TheatreDreams, Lauren Mitchell and the American Conservatory Theatre.


Segerstrom Hall
April 27-May 2, 2004

Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m.
Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $27.75, $34.75, $44.75, $51.75, $57.75 and $64.75

For information about this or any other Center event, please call (714) 556-ARTS or visit The Center's web page at www.ocpac.org.  The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746.

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