Andrea McArdle and Bob Walton Inhabit Urinetown in CT Starting April 14

News   Andrea McArdle and Bob Walton Inhabit Urinetown in CT Starting April 14 It takes a lot of brass to play Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, and Tony Award nominee Andrea McArdle — Broadway's original Annie — has just the pipes. She stars in the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) production of the Tony-winning Broadway musical April 14-17 & 27-30.

Ken Clark
Ken Clark Photo by Gerry Goodstein

The cast, under the direction of Paul Mullins in Storrs, CT, features Equity actors Ken Clark as Bobby Strong and Broadway's Bob Walton as Caldwell B. Cladwell, plus graduate acting student Robert Thompson, Jr. as Officer Lockstock, and undergraduate acting students Alexandra Perlwitz as Little Sally, and Ali Barton as Hope Cladwell, plus MFA actors Brooks Brantly, Kevin Coubal, Gretchen Goode, Christina Greer, Ryan Guess, Phil Korth, Philip AJ Smithey, and Brian Patrick Williams; and BFA actors Jack Fellows, Michelle Goodman, Seth Koproski, Aaron Lloyd, Molly Martinez, James Turner, Krystal Sobaskie and Laura Zabbo.

The Brechtian musical comedy by lyricist-librettist Greg Kotis and composer-lyricist Mark Hollmann concerns a world where water is scarce, private toilets are illegal, and a corrupt corporation has a monopoly on public bathrooms. Penelope, who belts out her songs, runs a public toilet.

The absurd musical won 2002 Tonys for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction (John Rando).

CRT welcomes McArdle to the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department's most advanced student artists. According to CRT, "The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment."

In addition to playing Annie, which earned her a Tony nomination, McArdle starred on Broadway in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry's Girls; as sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express; as Margy Frake in State Fair; as Fantine in Les Miserables; and, most recently, as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as Eponine in Les Miserables. The Urinetown production team also includes Gerry McIntyre (choreographer), Ken Clark (musical director), Marija Plavsic (scenic designer), Calvin Anderson (lighting designer), Maureen Fitzgerald (costume designer), Jack Nardi (sound design), Michelle Mann (projection design), Miron Gusso (puppetry), Elysse Yulo (dramaturg) and Mary P. Costello (stage manager).

Performances play the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. Weeknight evening performances start at 7:30 PM. Weekend evening performances start at 8 PM. Matinee performances start at 2 PM.

For tickets and information, call (860) 486-4226 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

Andrea McArdle and cast
Andrea McArdle and cast Photo by Gerry Goodstein
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