Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
This absurdist musical with a pay-to-pee theme ascended from New York City's downtown theater scene to Broadway, where it won three Tony Awards last year: best book, score, and direction. Set in the future, it tells the story of a town so embroiled in a water shortage that private toilets are impossible. Instead, a diabolical corporation charges the masses to use its public bathrooms. In the face of this, the poor revolt, singing as they go along. The characters break the fourth wall by telling the audience what will happen in the future but rely on the remaining script to deliver the story-an interesting formula that playwrights and theater hopefuls should study. Unfortunately, the book does not include the scores, so one can only bathe in the rhythm of the printed lyrics, but doing so still allows one to absorb the wackiness of the text. Fabulously insightful is the 25-page introduction by Kotis (Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind) and Hollmann, both veterans of Chicago's Cardiff-Giant Theatre Company. Fit for all performing arts libraries.-Elizabeth Stifter, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.