The satirical Off-Broadway musical Urinetown has pushed back its first Broadway preview from Aug. 6 to Aug. 27. The official opening is now Sept. 13, instead of Sept. 10. The reason for the continued delay of the show's Broadway bow is the renovation of the Henry Miller's Theatre of West 43rd Street. Preparing the house for its new tenant, producers are installing new seats, a new air conditioning system and expanding the box office.
"There is no question that it has taken more time to get The Henry Miller ready for Urinetown than if we had chosen a traditional Broadway theatre, but we feel the added effort is worthwhile for the visceral thrill of performing in a space with such a colorful past," said Michael David, of Dodger Theatricals, a producer of the musical. The sentiment was echoed by Matthew Rego of The Araca Group, who said, "We were optimistic that we could complete all of the work we wanted to do in time, which proved not to be the case. However, The Henry Miller is a unique, wonderful space that we feel is the perfect environment for our show."
The Greg Kotis-Mark Hollman musical, which proved a big hit Off Broadway this spring and early summer at the little-known American Theatre of Actors, a 120-seat space at 314 W. 54th Street. The was first announced to re-open on Broadway in late July. Late July, however, became Aug. 6, then Aug. 20.
With its new opening date, Urinetown will remain the first new Broadway musical of the 2001 02 season.
* Urinetown began life at the Present Company Theatorium on the Lower East Side as part of the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival. The show opened at the ATA on May 3 after a month of previews. The show, directed by John Rando, will keep all of its leading players for the Broadway mounting, including John Cullum, Jeff McCarthy, Spencer Kayden (a Clarence Derwent Award winner) Nancy Opel, Hunter Foster and Jennifer Laura Thompson.
For tickets and information on Urinetown at the Henry Miller's Theatre, 124 West 43 St., call (212) 239-6200.