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Urinetown


written by Greg Kotis

Directed by Mark Thompson & Heather Denton
Produced by Sandi and Mark Thompson

musical
June 22, 23, 24 & 25, 29, 30 & July 1 & 2, 2017

8 performances

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

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Synopsis In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought,  has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public  amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission  for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had  enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

A musical satire of our legal system, capitalism, social, Urinetown is a hilarious musical  satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy,  corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself, this play has won  3 Tony Awards, 3 Outer Critic's Circle Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, and 2 Obie Awards.
Casting  Flexible (should be large to accommodate people who usually participate in Cabaret)
Auditions April 23 & 24 (for more info contact Mark Thompson  at moowhinny@comporium.net
History Urinetown is one of the few truly original musicals not based on existing source material. Greg Kotis got the idea for Urinetown while traveling in Europe. A traveling student on a budget, he encountered a pay-per-use toilet and began writing shortly thereafter, joining with composer/lyricist, Mark Hollmann, for the journey to Broadway.

The success of Urinetown seems as unlikely as the show's title. The musical debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival, where it was an instant hit with audiences. Word of mouth spread quickly and the show was picked up for an Off-Broadway run, which took place at the American Theatre for Actors from May 6, 2001, to June 25, 2001. The reviews were wildly enthusiastic and the show then transferred to Broadway at The Henry Miller Theatre, running 25 previews and 965 performances from September 20, 2001, through January 18, 2004.

Featuring music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, the production was directed by John Rando with choreography by John Carrafa.

A national tour of the show played major U.S. cities in 2003 and 2004 and the show then premiered in Canada in May of 2006 and has had countless regional successes at such theatres as Drury Lane, Signature, Gateway Playhouse and Austin's Zach Theater. The musical also enjoyed its UK debut in a limited-run production at the St. James Theatre in London.

Writers, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, are reportedly developing both a prequel and a sequel to the show. Urinetown show was still selling well – and had just recouped its $3.7 million dollar investment – when, in early 2004, the producers were suddenly notified that The Henry Miller Theater would be torn down to make room for a new skyscraper, and the show was ordered to vacate the theatre by February of that year. Plans for finding a new home for Urinetown on Broadway never materialized.

When it closed, Urinetown was the longest running show to ever inhabit The Henry Miller Theatre.