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.