Urinetown: The Musical
“Fight for the right to pee for free,
wherever you like,
whenever you like,
for as long as you like,
and with whomever you like!”
In a fictional “most expensive city in the world”, a “cross-border water crisis” has led to a government ban on private lavatories. The woeful water shortage sees the erection of pay-to-pee public toilets operated by an all-powerful corporation, Urine Good Company, owned by the megalomaniac Caldwell B. Cladwell. Breaking the laws against gratuitous public peeing means urination ruination, with offenders being exiled in the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown”, never to be seen again.
When threatened with yet another pee-fee hike, the poor citizens, having endured overwhelming oppression and bursting bladders, can no longer hold it in, and stage a revolution, led by a handsome hero with the heroically handsome name of Bobby Strong. 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!
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 gleefully takes the piss out of politicians, populism, “people power”, capitalism, corporate corruption, and musicals themselves!
Pangdemonium is thrilled to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this unique musical, which catapults musical theatre into a new dimension, with its demented (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.
“Audacious, exhilarating, riotous, hilarious, sensational…The most gripping and galvanizing theatre experience.”
“A fresh, unique, original, impudent, colourful, exciting, irreverent, surprising and wonderful musical”
“Exceptionally sharp, smart, funny, disturbing, daring, original, and hugely entertaining - keeps springing surprises to the end.”
“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!”
“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
Erwin Shah Ismail
Mina Ellen Kaye
Muhammad Shafiq Haziq
Seong Hui Xuan
Advisory (Some Mature Content)
Drama Centre Theatre
27 Sep – 13 Oct 2019