Q. WHAT IS “URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL”?
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown: The Musical (music by Mark Hollman, book by Greg Kotis, lyrics by Hollman/Kotis) is an 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 on one of America’s greatest art forms.
Q. BUT WHAT IS “URINETOWN”?
“Urinetown “the place” is…well, it’s a place you’ll hear people referring a lot to during the show. It’s kind of a mythical place, you understand? A bad place. A place you won’t see until Act II. And then…? Well, let’s just say it’s filled with symbolism and things like that.” – Officer Lockstock (Act I, scene 1)
Q. OKAY. BUT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?
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 that 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.
Q. I’M INTRIGUED. WHEN? WHERE? YOU PROMISED DETAILS!
Friday, August 9th (7:30 PM)
Saturday, August 10th (7:30 PM)
Sunday, August 11th (3:00 PM)
All performances are at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Tickets are $15/adult, $12/students and can be purchased online at this link or at the door. The play is approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes (this includes a 15 minute intermission). The venue is wheel chair accessible.
Urinetown: The Musical is produced by Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts (CHSMA). CHSMA’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive provides meaningful pre-professional training to teen actors through a combination of classes, individual instruction, and a challenging 5 week rehearsal process.
Two talented casts, only 5 rehearsals and the exceptional music from Broadway Musical Little Women made for a delightful evening of musical entertainment!
“Sing-Through Broadway” is a special part of the Acting Program at CHSMA for teen students. Keep an eye out for announcements about our next production this fall!
Unable to attend a friend or family member’s recital this Spring? Join our live streaming of the performances from wherever you are! We will be broadcasting our recitals using FaceBook Live. Just go to our page at https://www.facebook.com/ChapelHillSchoolOfMusicalArts/ and join us! If you can’t view in real time, we will be leaving videos up for a short time. We’re so glad to help more people enjoy the hard work of our students!