Urinetown

Musical

Writers: Greg Kotis Mark Hollmann

Overview

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Book
Conceived By
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2001
Genres
Comedy, Satire
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
the near future, after a 20 year drought
Cast Size
large
Dancing
Musical Staging
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen characters

Synopsis

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

Lead Characters