1:40 PM Posted by UVU SOA
Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts is proud to announce its first show of the new year, “Urinetown: The Musical,” a satirical comedy musical about a town where residents have to pay for the “privilege to pee” because of a drought. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and will run through Jan. 30, with showings every night but Sunday.
In the musical, any citizen who refuses to use the public amenities is taken to “Urinetown,” a mysterious, no-man’s land from which no one ever returns. In response, the citizens stage a revolt against the powers that be, led by Bobby, the assistant janitor of the only free amenity in town. But complications arise when the leader of the revolution falls in love with the daughter of the water company president, who he has to kidnap for the cause.
“Urinetown” has won three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. It is a musical for those who love musicals, in that it’s filled with traditional musical clichés, and for those who hate musicals, in that it mocks those same clichés. Its success in simultaneously commenting on itself and other musicals has made it critically acclaimed and beloved by audiences across the country.
“Urinetown is a really broad satire that is the Grapes of Wrath meets Forty-Second Street meets Three Penny Opera meets the Marx Brothers,” said Dave Tinney, director of the UVU production. “It is very sharp and very current while still being entertaining.”
“Urinetown: The Musical” will play in the Ragan Theater of UVU’s Sorensen Student Center. Additional matinee performances will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (801) 863-PLAY or online at www.uvu.edu/theatre. UVU Theater and its season are supported by the UVU School of the Arts.