Tom Hewitt in Talks to Be Lockstock in Urinetown Tour

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Tom Hewitt is in negotiations to play Officer Lockstock, the satiric heart of the musical Urinetown, in the national tour of the Broadway musical, a spokeperson for Hewitt confirmed.

No official announcement has been made regarding the tour casting of the 2002 Tony Award-winning Mark Hollmann-Greg Kotis show, which has been on Broadway for more than a year.

The tour begins June 17, 2003, at the Geary Theatre in San Francisco as part of the resident American Conservatory Theatre season. The tuner will play the Denver Center for the Arts' Buell Theatre Sept. 9-21, Minneapolis' Orpheum Sept. 24-Oct. 5, Louisville's Palace Theatre March 9-14, 2004, Beverly Hills' Wilshire Theatre May 11-23, 2004. Other stops are expected to include Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Washington, DC, and Cleveland.

Hewitt won a Tony nomination for his performance as a "sweet transvestite" in The Rocky Horror Show at Circle in the Square. Since then, he's appeared in The Boys from Syracuse at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Jeff McCarthy created the role of Lockstock on Broadway. The character, a law enforcer in a future, water-poor dystopia in which people must pay in order to relieve themselves, acts as the tongue-in-cheek narrator of the show. Lockstock speaks the show's very first words: "Welcome to Urinetown! — the musical, of course."

The musical won Tonys for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. Performances continue at Broadway's Henry Miller Theatre.

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