Urinetown (musical) (lyrics, songs)

Social dystopia originated in the mind of the writer Greg Kotis, when in his student years he traveled around Europe. Visiting public toilets of varying degrees of grooming, he realized that they hold a brilliant idea of an apocalyptic scene: a person cannot control the need for using them.

Composer and lyricist Mark Hollmann, familiarized with the idea, was inspired by the unusual opportunity of use of satire and parody on the structure of society through urban public toilets. He immediately wrote one of the songs. Soon, his pen gave birth to a musical comedy, extravaganza parody on bureaucratic authorities, social irresponsibility and populist ideas with an unhappy ending of those.

Initially, all self-respecting theater stages bypassed play with a dubious title ‘Urinetown’ aside. Neo Futurists Studio took up the production, the musical entered season 1999/2000. But the show did not have enough success. The year before that, screenwriter David Auburn saw the play as part of the New York Festival. Thanks to his efforts, histrionics came out first in American Theatre of Actors, and already in 2001 came on Broadway. It was directed by J. Rando, costume designer was J. Bixby. In connection with the events of 9/11, show was shifted and creators tried to make it more politically correct, but thanks to efforts of the producers, redrawing the plot was avoided.

Altogether with 25 preliminaries on Broadway, the play lasted from 2001 to 2004, exhibiting 965 shows. In 2003, ‘Urinetown’ went on the USA tour. In 2001-2002, theatrical earned many awards: Theatre World, Tony, Drama Desk in the categories of best direction, best libretto, an outstanding new musical. It is opted for youth productions to this day – it has simple scenery, small number of actors’ troupe and songs. It is vivid and memorable.
Release date: 2001
Last Update:July, 25th 2016

Urinetown lyrics list

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