Tony-Nommed Nancy Opel Exits Urinetown Jan. 26; Clark Is Pennywise

News   Tony-Nommed Nancy Opel Exits Urinetown Jan. 26; Clark Is Pennywise Miss Pennywise, we hardly knew ye. Nancy Opel, who originated the Broadway role of a salty public amenities officer in the musical comedy, Urinetown, is leaving the show Jan. 26, but the stall door has been left open for her to return in late April.

On Jan. 28, Victoria Clark, remembered for her work in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Titanic, will step into the stained shoes of Miss Pennywise, who sings "It's a Privilege to Pee" in the Tony-winning show at the Henry Miller Theatre. Opel was Tony-nommed for Best Featured Actress (Musical) for Urinetown.

Clark's Broadway credits include Titanic (Alice Beane), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Matthew Broderick (Smitty),Guys and Dolls (Martha and Miss Adelaide), A Grand Night for Singing, Cabaret (Fraulein Kost) and Sunday in the Park with George. Her next assignment: the world premiere of Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.

Jennifer Laura Thompson (who originated Hope Cladwell, and earned a Tony nom) is currently on a 10-week leave from the show (she's in Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish at Second Stage), aiming to return March 18. Anastasia Barzee now plays Hope.

Hunter Foster is expected to remain in Urinetown as Bobby Strong through March, after which he's expected to play Seymour in the Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors.

Stalwart John Cullum, who was Tony nommed for playing the blissfully venal businessman Caldwell B. Cladwell, remains in Urinetown, as does Jeff McCarthy as Officer Lockstock. The troupe also includes Megan Lawrence as Little Sally, David Beach, Jennifer Cody, Rachel Coloff, Rick Crom, John Deyle, Victor W. Hawks, Ken Jennings, Stacie Morgain Lewis, Daniel Marcus, Michele Ragusa, Peter Reardon, Don Richard, Lawrence E. Street and Kay Walbye.

Performances are 7 PM Tuesdays, 8 PM Wednesday Saturday, 2 Pm Wednesdays and Saturdays and 3 PM Sundays.

For tickets, call TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit The Henry Miller box office at 124 W. 43rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway.