A side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
Urinetown is one of the few truly original musicals not based on existing source material. Greg Kotis got the idea for Urinetown while traveling in Europe. A traveling student on a budget, he encountered a pay-per-use toilet, and began writing shortly thereafter, joining with composer/lyricist Mark Hollmann for the journey to Broadway.
- “Rousing and infectious.” – Variety
- A sharp satire of the musical form. Every line in the book and lyrics screams ”comedy”. – Boston Globe
- You must immediately see Urinetown The Musical – Talkin Broadway
- Urinetown packs tremendous fun. – Time Out
- A goofy good time& keeps the audience chortling. – LA Times
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Urinetown, the Musical. Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann. Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis. Urinetown was produced on Broadway in September 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc., and Lauren Mitchell.
Urinetown is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
Performances of the Theatre Company of Saugus production of Urinetown were on April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1, 2016. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
The performance venue was Saugus High School / 1 Pearce Memorial Drive / Saugus, Massachusetts 01906, in the Lemoine-Mitchell Performing Arts Center auditorium. See our Directions page.
Urinetown was directed Kathleen Tringale, who also did the choreography. The music director was Anthony Sacco. The stage manager was Jessica Stockton. The producer and costumer was Amanda Allen. Set construction was led by Lou Schoenthal. Lights were by Monica Bruno, with assistance from Hugh Thompson and Larry Segel. Sound by James Wlodyka. Dance Captain was Danielle Godjikian.
We are pleased to remember the cast of Urinetown.
Bobby Strong … Bobby Imperato
Little Sally … Liza Nagle (Tia Girardi on April 29 & 30)
Joseph “Old Man” Strong / Hot Blades Harry … Damien LaCount
Little Becky Two-Shoes … Samantha Gambaccini
Josephine “Ma” Strong … Karla Brusseau
Tiny Tom … Will Fafard, Jr.
Soupy Sue … Jamie Trevino
Billy Boy Bill … Sean Perry
Robbie the Stockfish … Megan Luther
Ensemble … Danielle Godjikian and Laura McManus
Penelope Pennywise … Amanda Allen
Officer Lockstock … Tom Kelleher
Officer Barrell … Luie Garcia
Caldwell B. Cladwell … Stephen Russo
Hope Cladwell … Megan Bergeron
McQueen … Tia Girardi (Rachel Solomon on April 29 & 30)
Senator Fipp … Larry Segel
Cladwell’s Secretary … Rachel Solomon
Mrs. Millennium … Maggie Kelleher
Dr. Billeaux … Nicholas Beach
UGC Executives … Jennifer O’Connell and Sherri Raftery
Under a cooperative arrangement, after Urinetown closed, half of the set and all of the lighting was left in place, to be used in the Saugus High School Drama Club production of Shrek the Musical, presented two weeks later. Will Fafard transitioned into a role in Shrek, with behind the scenes help from several TCS members.