Urinetown: The Musical
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, URINETOWN is the hilarious musical satire that takes the piss out of the legal system, capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, political corruption, and musicals themselves!
A fictional “most expensive city in the world” is facing a “cross-border water crisis”, leading to a government ban on private lavatories, and the erection of pay-to-pee public toilets operated by the megalomaniacal CEO of Urine Good Company, Caldwell B. Cladwell. Breaking the strict laws against gratuitous public peeing means urination ruination, with offenders being put in cold storage in the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown”, never to be seen again.
When threatened with yet another hike on the pee-fee, the poor citizens, having endured overwhelming oppression and bursting bladders, can no longer hold it in, and stage a revolution. A handsome hero, with the heroically handsome name of Bobby Strong, leads the rebels in their fight for the right to pee for free “wherever they like, whenever they like, for as long as they like, and with whomever they like!” And, in true musical theatre style, he still finds the time and energy to fall hopelessly in love with the honeylicious Hope Cladwell, who (shock! horror! spoiler!) turns out to be the daughter of the dastardly Caldwell B. Cladwell!
Will our Number One hero save the day and bring relief to the people? Maybe! Will love be dealt a royal flush against evil? Possibly! Will there be more toilet jokes? You betcha!
URINETOWN catapults musical theatre into a new dimension, with its warped (but uncannily familiar) depiction of a dystopian world, a playlist packed with outrageous songs, and a cunning knack of making you laugh ‘til you wet your pants.
“A fresh, unique, original, impudent, colourful, exciting, irreverent, surprising and wonderful musical”
“Audacious, exhilarating, riotous, hilarious, sensational…The most gripping and galvanizing theatre experience.”
“For anarchic, first-rate comic relief, get thee to Urinetown!”
“Of course you’re not supposed to like that title – that’s part of the big, good-natured and remarkably successful joke that is Urinetown!”
“Exceptionally sharp, smart, funny, disturbing, daring, original, and hugely entertaining - keeps springing surprises to the end.”
“Somewhere beyond the sublime, beyond the ridiculous, lies Urinetown. Inspired, fresh, exuberant, even moving.”
“Side-splittingly hilarious satire at its best…a musical that is certainly worth the wait in line, even if you have to hold your bladder.”
“Audaciously boasts a truly gleeful inventiveness…If you like your musicals bold, urine for a treat!”
Book & Lyrics by
Music & Lyrics by
Benjamin Chow, Mina Kaye, Sean Ghazi, Andrew Marko, Adrian Pang, Jo Tan, Ethel Yap, Seong Hui Xuan, Kimberly Chan
Drama Centre Theatre
27 Sep – 13 Oct 2019