Urinetown: What’s in a name?

Urinetown, The MusicalWe’ve received a lot of inquiries regarding ECC Musical Theatre’s production of Urinetown, the Musical and we thought our blog would be a great place to address some of those questions and share our excitement about this production that opens July 19.

  1. Yep, the title of the show is Urinetown, the Musical. And yes, this musical’s plot does involve toilets. Urinetown was conceived when Greg Kotis (who wrote the book and lyrics) was traveling abroad with limited funds and encountered some public amenities that charged for their use. The musical goes a step further and imagines a city in which one malevolent company (The Urine Good Company) charges all of its citizens for using the bathroom. The people, needless to say, are not happy and a revolution occurs.
  2. Urinetown is also about so much more than that! It has underlying themes of self-determination, freedom, and environmentalism. It pays homage to a host of classic musicals: such as Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Hello, Dolly! PLUS, it’s FUNNY!! Upon its Broadway debut, The New York Post called it a “wild and happy mix of biting satire and loving parody.”
  3. Did we mention that it’s award-winning? Nominated for ten Tony Awards in 2002, Urinetown won Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Direction of a Musical against some pretty tough competition: other new musicals nominated that year included Mamma Mia! and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  4. Don’t let the title scare you off, this musical is rated PG. And while it may not have the title you’d expect for a musical, it does have all the song, dance, and fun of a classic.

Urinetown, the Musical opens July 19 and runs through August 4. For tickets and information, visit elgin.edu/arts.

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