Final curtain call becomes a blubberfest
“Urinetown” called it quits Sunday afternoon in a memorable closing that also brought down the curtain on the venerable Henry Miller Theater. Director John Rando took to the stage afterwards to introduce crew and former cast and thank the current performers.
“I can’t think of a better way to tear down a theater than what they did tonight,” he said.
“Urinetown” star Jeff McCarthy called it a “blubberfest.” And sure enough, the long, final curtain call ended with everyone hugging, crying, dancing.
The party continued at the West Bank Cafe. Producer Ed Strong said they tried to book Ye Olde Triple Inn, scene of the show’s Off Broadway preem party in June 2001. “But it just wasn’t big enough,” said the Dodgers guy.
“Urinetown” opened on Broadway in the shadow of 9/11 — its original Sept. 13 preem was pushed back a week — then put in 964 perfs.
Would it have run longer with a more tasteful title?
Scribe Greg Kotis shook his head. “There wasn’t a title that would have saved the show from itself,” he opined.