Hunter Foster, who created the role, left the show July 27 to jump fully into work on the upcoming Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors.
Creek is known for his work in Rent (Roger on Broadway and in Canada and Mark on tour), Lincoln Center Theater's A Man of No Importance and the Encores! concert of Hair (he was Claude). He also appeared on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar and Footloose (also the national tour) and played the title role in the workshop of Randy Newman's Faust.
Broadway's Urinetown company at The Henry Miller 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).
John Cullum is expected to be the next principal to exit Urinetown. He'll appear in Playwrights Horizons' world premiere of the musical, Wilder, in the fall.