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Urinetown

The Musical

Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann; With a Preface by David Auburn and an Introduction by the Authors

Faber & Faber

Praised by critics for reinvigorating the very notion of what a Broadway musical could be, Urinetown, winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, is one of the most distinctive theatrical experiences to hit the Great White Way in recent memory. A grand and winking love letter to the conventions of musical theater and an untempered satire wherein no one is safe from scrutiny, Urinetown depicts a world wracked by ecological disaster, caught in the throes of corporate greed, and ultimately felled by the best intentions. In a Gotham-like city, a depletion of the earth's water supply has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The privilege to pee is regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero has risen who will lead them to freedom.

Included in this edition is a Preface by David Auburn, as well as an Introduction by the show's creators detailing their inspirations and Urinetown's unlikely journey from New York City's Fringe Festival to Broadway sensation.

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Urinetown
ACT IScene 1Early morning. The poorest, filthiest urinal in town. Above the entrance to the urinal hangs a sign that reads Public Amenity #9. THE POOR lie sprawled across the stage, sleeping quietly. Music for "Urinetown" plays softly in the background. OFFICER LOCKSTOCK enters from the house, inspecting the theater for orderliness. Satisfied, he takes his place onstage and addresses the audience directly. 
LOCKSTOCK: Well, hello there. And welcome--to Urinetown! (Pause.) Not the place, of course. The musical. Urinetown "the place" is ... well, it's a place you'll hear people
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Praise for Urinetown

“Elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd. The show winks at everything from Hamlet’s father’s ghost to West Side Story, from the revolutionary pretensions of Les Mis to the revivalist joy of Guys & Dolls.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann; With a Preface by David Auburn and an Introduction by the Authors

  • Greg Kotis is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, creators of the long-running attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes. Jobey and Katherine, his play about fish, toast, and a love stronger and grimmer than death, enjoyed runs in New York and Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

    Mark Hollmann attended the Making Tuners Workshop at New Tuners Threatre in Chicago and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. A member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, he lives in Manhattan with his wife.
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Urinetown

The Musical

Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann; With a Preface by David Auburn and an Introduction by the Authors

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