The City Theatre Company
3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722     512-524-2870     info@citytheatreaustin.org
The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
ABOUT THE SHOW
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In a time of oppression, corruption, and greed, when water is worth
its weight in gold…they need a hero!

The City Theatre Company is thrilled to end its 2014 summer theatre season with the
award-winning musical comedy Urinetown: The Musical. Don't let the title fool you!
Urinetown is the hit Broadway show by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis that takes a
somewhat unpleasant premise, and turns it completely upside down, resulting in a smart,
wonderfully witty, and highly entertaining evening of contemporary musical theatre.
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards
and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an earnest tale of love, greed and revolution, where
hope always springs eternal!

“It’s a privilege to pee!”

Urinetown is one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years. In a Gotham-
like city, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private
toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company
that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the
people, a hero decides he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to
freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an
irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for
reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, it catapults the “comedic romp”
into the new millennium, with a hearty laugh at romance and revolution, its outrageous
perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled
laughter.

The success of Urinetown seems as unlikely as the show’s title. One of the few truly
original musicals not based on existing source material, the show got its start in 1995
when Kotis, traveling in Europe, encountered pay-per-use toilets. It was then that the
musical's central idea hit him: a futuristic place where all the toilets were controlled by a
greedy, crooked corporation with no concern for the poor, bladder-oppressed masses.
According to Kotis, the show "was created in a spirit of defiance against what's typically
offered up as stage worthy in America today." The result is pure, hilarious and innovative
entertainment. The show parodies many popular musicals and theater conventions and
playfully pokes fun at itself. Urinetown is also rich with social commentary about the
American economy, the division between rich and poor, and the way we abuse the
environment upon which we depend. In 2002, the show took home Tony Awards for Best
Director, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

With the incredibly talented cast of Daniel Monplaisir, Kirk Kelso, Gil Austin,
Cathie Sheridan, Evelyn La
Londe, Vanessa Marie, Rachel Hoovler, Jeff Phillips,
Brandon Myers, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, Suzanne Orzech, Scott Poppaw,
Samantha Watson, Auston Newman, Phoebe West, Rachel Cohen, Jared Hill,
Glenn Russell, and Mrika Kallaba.

Musical Director  Cathie Sheridan       Choreographer  Andy Berkovsky
Directed by Marco Bazan

SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
URINETOWN
Music by Mark Hollmann. Book by Greg Kotis. Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
August 15 – September 7. Thursday – Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m.  
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street.
General Seating $25. Two for $40. Center Reserved $30 and $35.
Students $15. Seniors $18. Thursday all seats $15. Group discounts available.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or info@citytheatreaustin.org
August 15  - September 7