“Urinetown,” the Tony Award-winning musical with the self-proclaimed terrible title, parodies everything from musicals to corporations and government and comes to Davis Musical Theatre Company, Feb. 22-March 17.
Directed by Steve Isaacson with musical direction by Jonathan Rothman and choreography by Pam Lourentzos, “Urinetown” is a satirical comedy musical that pokes fun at everything, from government bureaucracy and the legal system to corporate America’s mismanagement and social irresponsibility. The show even parodies the Broadway musical itself.
With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, and book by Greg Kotis, “Urinetown” boasts itself as the show with a terrible title, but a great show that brings a surprise ending to this unorthodox and thought-provoking musical.
It tells the story of a Bobby Strong, an assistant custodian at the local municipal restroom. A 20-year drought has taken its toll, creating an incredible water shortage that has outlawed private restrooms. The bathroom facilities are now a pay-as-you-go proposition with public toilets controlled by a conglomerate called Urine Good Company. The laws are harsh with offenders who can’t pay for the “privilege to pee” being sent to “Urinetown,” never to return.
“Urinetown” runs Feb. 22-March 17 at 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis. Tickets are $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, and $14 per person for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at www.dmtc.org or by calling 530-756-3682. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.