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Cornish Presents Urinetown, The Musical

April 14, 2010

This award-winning and hugely popular musical satirizing human greed and folly is set in a   society not dissimilar to our own, in which water is so scarce that residents have to pay to relieve themselves. Urinetown, The Musical takes a timely and gleefully mocking look at unthinking pursuit of profit and mismanagement of natural resources, enlivened by a score which sends up every musical from West Side Story to Les Miz. Produced by the Theater, Music, Dance, and Performance Production Departments.

Apr 14, 8pm
Apr 15, 8pm
Apr 16, 8pm
Apr 17, 2pm
Apr 17, 8pm

Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway
Tickets: $10 general, $5 students, seniors & alumni

more about the PRODUCTION

Directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee (Associate Professor, Theater)
Musical Direction by Roger Nelson (Professor, Music) and Dr. Natalie Lerch (Professor, Music)
Choreography by Kathryn Van Meter (Village Theatre)
Produced by Jan Hubert (Theater Staff)
Set Design by Rick Smith (Performance Production Staff)
Costume Design by Hannah Stern (Performance Production 2009)
Lighting Design by Brandon Chapman (PP 2011)
Sound Design by Justin Park (PP 2010) and Jared Stover (PP 2010)
A cast of 25 students from Theater, Music and Dance
A large design and technical staff of Performance Production students

Urinetown: The Musical, a musical-comedy satire by composer-lyricist Mark Hollmann and   librettist-lyricist Greg Kotis, is one of the most critically and popularly successful musicals of the past decade.  It satirizes capitalism, social irresponsibility, political hucksterism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and petty small town politics. It also is a satire of the Broadway musical as a form. The unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a pleasant ending.

Urinetown debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival, was produced Off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors and then moved to Broadway—opening at the Henry Miller Theatre on September 20, 2001. It closed on January 18, 2004, after 25 previews and 965 performances. Urinetown was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three: Best Director, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It also won two Obie Awards, three Outer Critics’Circle Awards and two Lucille Lortel Awards. Productions of the musical have appeared in major cities throughout the world.

The musical satire is timely as the politics of water are becoming increasingly important in the modern world. The production will also be collaborating with HS faculty member Erica Howard, who is teaching a class this spring entitled Water in the Environment.

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