At Amenity #9, the poorest, filthiest urinal in town, Officer Lockstock, a policeman, greets the audience and explains the terrible predicament of the residents of Urinetown. Penelope Pennywise, the proprietor of the dirtiest urinal, and her custodial assistant, Bobby Strong, discuss Old So-and-So, who has recently been carted off to Urinetown. As Lockstock continues his monologue, Little Sally, a precocious young girl, enters and warns Lockstock about the dangers of too much exposition (“Too Much Exposition”). The two explain that in Urinetown, there is a water shortage and everyone must pay to use the toilet. The private company, Urine Good Company, controls all the public bathrooms and keeps the prices for the toilets high. Peeing in the bushes is illegal, and all members of the community struggle to count their pennies in hopes of using the toilet (“Urinetown”).
A young ingénue, Hope Cladwell, asks Bobby for directions to Urine Good Company. Bobby is immediately smitten
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