2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
Original Broadway Version (2001)
A side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown
is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social
irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement,
municipal politics and musical
theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms.
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!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown
is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from
scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical
could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into
the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern
wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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People who have recieved personal notes, letters or cards from him know that the recognizable logo/font for "The Fantasticks" and "Celebration" is actually composer Harvey Schmidt's handwriting.