An analysis of the musical urinetown

There are harsh laws ensuring that people pay to urinate, and if they are broken, the offender is sent to a penal colony called "Urinetown", never to return. The Sydney season retained the principal cast from Melbourne, with the exception of David Campbell taking over the role of Bobby.

Cladwell" is a Jerry Herman We-Love-the-Lead song like "Hello, Dolly," "Mame," and othersbut instead of celebrating love for the leading lady and her optimistic spunk, here the adoring chorus is celebrating murderous, unchecked capitalism.

He catches the audience up on the situation, and tells them that the rebel poor are holed up in a secret hideout somewhere, gesturing to a large sign that reads "Secret Hideout. New York offered me the chance to reinvent myself as a musical theater composer and lyricist. And driving it all would be the disaster, in this case the drought, a fact that trumped all the other facts: By Junethe first draft of the score was done as well.

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During its two-month run the show created buzz and drew crowds, justifying a move to Broadway. When Urinetown kills off its hero, the joke is on Carousel.

Invigorated, the poor rally around Bobby, but balk at his statement that the violent fight could take decades. Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!

He gets on the local TV stations as a activist. Holding an audience is totally necessary.

The audience tends to be much happier that way. In fact, Urinetown is a double satire, laughing at the sappy, happy conventions of old-fashioned musical comedy, but also laughing at shows like Les Miz or Passion which reject those conventions and perhaps go too far the other way.

The Anthem of the People More than most art forms, musical theatre even musicals made in other countries has always reflected American culture and values, showing us our own lives and choices: Because renting a storefront costs too much in New York, Hollmann and Kotis sent inquiries to more than agents, theaters, and development organizations-enclosing the script, or the tape, or a synopsis, sometimes just a pitch letter.

History[ edit ] Greg Kotis had the idea for Urinetown while traveling in Europe. The forms that served us well in the s on longer have relevance for us. Compensation was a copy of the tape. Officers Lockstock and Barrel discuss the journey to Urinetown and how it reduces everyone, even the toughest, to screams "The Cop Song".

He writes parodies of songs for various environmental and other political issues he is involved with in Illinois. Kotis conceived the heart of the story on a drizzly afternoon in Paris inwhen the year-old struggling actor found himself short of cash at the end of a solo backpacking trip.

But having lots of good music around you is definitely important too. I really respect Sondheim in all ways. Kotis, his wife, and original cast member Spencer Kayden belonged to the group. The show ran performances, more than two years, a run that might have lasted far longer if not for September 11 and its crippling of Broadway.

Cardiff Giant, a theatre company in Chicago, had been known for its outrageous, irreverent social satire, some scripted, some improvised. But first came the terrorist attacks on September 11 and all of Broadway shut down.

In other words, an evening of obvious parody and gags would get boring; the work had to stand up as organic, carefully constructed theatre, no matter how outrageous the content. To conserve water and generate cash flowan evil tycoon aided by corrupt politicians controls "public amenities.

Again, all devices found in Urinetown. Two members of the now defunct group, Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, began working in on what would become Urinetown.

He received his A. There, maybe, I was getting away from Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Sondheim, and I was trying to write a decent musical comedy score.

Broadway poster The biggest break came when the playwright David Auburn saw the show there. Playwright David Auburna friend of Kotis and Hollmann, came to see the show and immediately called production company The Araca Group. Brecht himself once wrote, "Nothing is more revolting than when an actor pretends not to notice that he has left the level of plain speech and started to sing.

His last words encourage the rebels "to fight for what they know is right," and that "the time is always now.Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself!

Urinetown Character Breakdown BOBBY STRONG The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. Notes on the NSU Theatre presentation of Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis.

Synopsis. One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a year draught, has. Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical that premiered inwith music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis.

It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal Greg Kotis. A synopsis of Urinetown, the darkly comic musical of the early s by playwright Greg Kotis, that enjoyed surprising success.

Urinetown plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips.

An analysis of the musical urinetown
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