SO...What IS Urinetown?
It is the story of civil unrest in the face of greedy corporate capitalism. It is the story of star crossed lovers from different sides of the battle. It explores themes of human rights, municipal management, environmental resources...and it features a song titled "It's a Privilege to Pee".
Urinetown is a satirical piece of musical theatre. The scenes and songs parody a variety of musical theatre cliches-people fall in love in an instant, dramatic song used to justify evil behavior, characters speak directly to the audience. The story is set in no certain place and in no certain time. It is in a place where the drought has become so bad that a corporation, Urine Good Company, now controls the sewer system. In order to use the..ahem...facilities...one must "pay to pee". An uprising begins when a citizen is arrested. Throw in a love story for good measure and we have a musical!
Urinetown parodies specific musical theatre references (Les Mis, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story...to name a few) and theatrical mechanics (breaking the fourth wall). Character names are play on words-"Penny Pennywise-collector of pennies at the restrooms", "Bobby Strong-Hero" "Hope-love interest/ingenue" "Officers Lockstock and Barrel-our police force".
Our hope is that Urinetown will spark conversations about topically current issues such as environmental concerns and resources, what constitutes a human right or a privilege, and corporate management of public needs. Fill this will great music, dancing, and some crazy characters and we'll have ourselves a show!
PLUS lots of opportunities for ensemble in "The Poor" and "Employees of Urine Good Company"!
|BOBBY STRONG ||The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell. |
|CALDWELL B. CLADWELL ||The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor. |
|DR. BILLEAUX ||Head of Research and Development at UGC. |
|HOPE CLADWELL ||Cladwell's ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father's evil. |
|HOT BLADES HARRY ||One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon. |
|JOSEPH "OLD MAN" STRONG ||Bobby's rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution. |
|JOSEPHINE 'MA" STRONG ||Bobby's mother and Joseph's wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. |
|LITTLE BECKY TWO-SHOES ||One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory. Optional Doubling as MRS. MILLENIUM. |
|LITTLE SALLY ||A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play's logic. |
|MR. MCQUEEN ||Cladwell's sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant. |
|OFFICER BARREL ||Lockstock's patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman. |
|OFFICER LOCKSTOCK ||The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways. |
|PENELOPE PENNYWISE ||The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell's one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper. |
|SENATOR FIPP ||A greedy politician in Cladwell's pocket. A bumbling coward. |
|SOUPY SUE ||One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked. |
|TINY TOM ||One of the Poor, he is an idiotic man-child. |
Urinetown premiered on Broadway in 2001. It was nominated for ten Drama Desk Awards and ten Tonys (it won for Best Book and Best Score). Read more about the show here:
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