Amy Spanger Follows Her Heart to Broadway's Urinetown

News   Amy Spanger Follows Her Heart to Broadway's Urinetown Amy Spanger, a veteran of Broadway's Kiss Me, Kate and Off-Broadway's tick, tick...BOOM!, is the latest Hope Cladwell in Urinetown, starting July 8, the same day original cast members Hunter Foster and Jeff McCarthy return to the show.

Exiting the hit at the Henry Miller Theatre (the show is expected to recoup any minute now) July 6 were Tom Cavanagh (as Bobby), Jennifer Laura Thompson (as Hope) and James Barbour (as Lockstock), to be replaced respectively by Foster, Spanger and McCarthy.

John Cullum continues to play evil mogul Caldwell B. Cladwell, Carolee Carmello is Miss Pennywise and Spencer Kayden is Little Sally.

The darkly satiric musical with the most unlikely title on Broadway was first seen in 1999 at the New York International Fringe Festival, where commercial producers plucked it up and the writers refined it toward an Off-Broadway run in summer 2001, and then to a Broadway move in September 2001.

The national tour of the show launched June 24 in San Francisco.

The show is currently being developed for the movies by The Araca Group, Dodger Theatricals and Killer Films. John Rando took home the Tony for Best Direction of a Musical in 2002. Urinetown also won 2002 Tonys for Best Book (Greg Kotis) and Best Score (lyricist Kotis and composer Mark Hollmann).