Even with a title like Urinetown, the new satiric musical comedy managed to take off from its original New York Fringe Festival run. With a Broadway staging beginning Aug. 20 at Henry Miller's Theatre, John Cullum cancelled his San Francisco engagement as King Lear to continue as Urinetown's wicked Caldwell B. Cladwell. Replacing him in the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival production will be Ray Reinhardt.
Reinhardt's Bay Area stage credits include American Conservatory Theatre's Cyrano De Bergerac (Cyrano), Berkeley Repertory's Long Day's Journey Into Night (James Tyrone) and San Jose Repertory's Death of a Salesman. He can be seen in the films "The Hunt for Red October" and "The Tie that Binds" as well as on TV's "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues."
Joining Reinhardt in the cast are Julian Lopez Morillas as Gloucester, Gerald Hiken as the Fool, Robert Sicular as Kent, Kay Kostopoulos as Goneril, Jonathan Rhys Williams as Edgar and Jenny Lord as Regan.
New Jersey Shakespeare Festival founder Paul Barry directs. With some 72 Bard productions under his belt, he is the only American to have directed the entire Shakespeare canon.
Tickets are $26-$34. The Ira and Lenore S. Gershwin Theatre is located at 2350 Turk Boulevard. For reservations, call (415) 392-4400. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is on the web at http://www.sfshakes.org. — By Christine Ehren