UVM Department of Theatre Presents 'Urinetown: The Musical'
- By Wayne H Tetrick
The UVM Department of Theatre concludes the 2013/2014 season with the award-winning musical Urinetown, March 13-23 at Royall Tyler Theatre.
Don’t let the title fool you! Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an earnest tale of love, greed and revolution. The story is set in a town where a 20-year draught has led to a water shortage so terrible that the government has banned private toilets. A single monopolistic corporation, UGC (Urine Good Company), charges the citizens exorbitant fees to use public amenities. A lowly bathroom attendant, Bobby Strong, leads a massive uprising against the oppressive corporation only to find himself falling in love with the daughter of UGC president Caldwell B. Cladwell.
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and drawing from classic musicals such as West Side Story, Chicago and Les Miserables, Urinetown irreverently pays witty homage to the great American musical theatre tradition.
Directed by Gregory Ramos, Theatre Department chair, Urinetown will be presented March 13-15 & March 20-23, with a mix of evening and matinee performances. Tickets, $18 for UVM faculty and staff and $10 for UVM students, are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Royall Tyler Theatre box office located at 116 University Place, by phone at (802) 656-2094 or online at uvmtheatre.org.