Cavanagh, Thompson, Barbour Exit Urinetown July 6; Foster, Spanger and McCarthy in Wings

News   Cavanagh, Thompson, Barbour Exit Urinetown July 6; Foster, Spanger and McCarthy in Wings Jennifer Laura Thompson, the original Hope Cladwell of Urinetown, leaves the Broadway show July 6, along with Tom Cavanagh and James Barbour.

TV actor Cavanagh's casting as Bobby Strong in the past two months helped boost box office for the comic musical at The Henry Miller Theatre. James Barbour (Jane Eyre) recently stepped in for Jeff McCarthy, as Lockstock.

Amy Spanger (Kiss Me, Kate) joins the company July 8 as Hope, opposite original Bobby, Hunter Foster. Jeff McCarthy also returns July 8.

By July 8, the Broadway company will sport 14 or the 16 original cast members. Jennifer Cody rejoined her pals as Little Becky Two Shoes July 3.

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John Cullum continues to play evil mogul Caldwell B. Cladwell, Carolee Carmello is Miss Pennywise and Spencer Kayden in 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 at San Francisco's Geary Theatre and continues there to Aug. 17, under the auspices of American Conservatory Theatre.

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).