The New York Times reports that the musical, a surprise Broadway hit that began life at the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival, will be forced to leave the Henry Miller Theatre Feb. 15 because there are plans to build a new 57-story skyscraper. The skyscraper will be erected on the Avenue of the Americas between 42nd and 43rd Streets. That area includes the Henry Miller, located at 124 West 43rd Street. Two of the musical's producers — Michael Rego and Michael David — informed the Times that they hope to keep the show running: they may remount the production at another Broadway house (although no Broadway theatre is currently available) or possibly Off-Broadway (although economic factors may make this plan impossible). The Durst Organization, which owns the theatre and is the developer of the site, told the Times that the new space will include a 950-seat theatre; the building is scheduled to open in 2008.
After a successful stint Off-Broadway, Urinetown began previews at the Henry Miller Theatre Aug. 27, 2001, prior to an official opening Sept. 20, 2001. It will soon become the Henry Miller's longest-running show, having just recouped its initial $3.7 million investment.
Urinetown won three 2002 Tony Awards, including Best Director of a Musical (John Rando), Best Book of a Musical (Greg Kotis) and Best Original Score (Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis). Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.