Hunter Foster Leaves Urinetown July 27 for Little Shop of Horrors

News   Hunter Foster Leaves Urinetown July 27 for Little Shop of Horrors Hunter Foster's funny, deadpan, note-perfect performance as Bobby in Urinetown ends July 27, as he's off to "somewhere that's green" — to play Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.

Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster

He originated the role of revolutionary Bobby Strong in Urinetown and took a break from it to play Seymour earlier this year in a test run of Little Shop of Horrors in Florida. He is now the only acting holdover for the Broadway run of that staging, which begins Aug. 29 at the Virginia Theatre and opens Oct. 2.

(Foster was not expected to rejoin Urinetown this summer, but there was no direct transfer of Little Shop from Florida to New York, so he found himself with time on his hands before it was announced he was indeed invited back to Little Shop.)

At the Henry Miller Theatre, Luther Creek, late of Rent, A Man of No Importance and Hair at Encores!, in waiting in the wings to play Bobby. He starts July 29.

Broadway's Urinetown company includes Amy Spanger as Hope, Carolee Carmello as Miss Pennywise, Jeff McCarthy as Lockstock, John Cullum as Cladwell and Spencer Kayden as 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 at American Conservatory Theatre's Geary 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).

Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster