Urinetown: Fighting For Piss

Urinetown: Fighting For Piss

Broadway musical Urinetown shows how people are being deprived of using public toilets / Photo by Wikimedia Commons

 

Out of all the rights to fight for, nobody would think that fighting for the right to pee would be one of them--and that’s the central theme of the Broadway musical Urinetown. This rather strange, satirical play is set in a future where a city has been suffering from a drought that has lasted for 20 years. People are deprived of using public toilets while the public toilets are all owned by the greedy mega-corporation, Urine Good Company (UGC). If anyone gets caught breaking the rules, they will be banished to Urinetown where no one will ever hear from them again. Don’t be deceived by its bizarre title! Although the play has pee puns and potty jokes throughout, it actually shows a humorous perspective on serious issues such as bureaucracy, capitalism, and social irresponsibility, Northwest Herald says.

Urinetown is directed by Yojiro Ichikawa and choreographed by Kim Barker. Music and lyrics for this production were composed by Mark Hollman. The play features songs like The Privilege to Pee, Cop Song, Run Freedom Run, and Mr. Caldwell. The musical’s story and the book were written by the playwright George Kotis. It is set to show from November 21 to December 1, 2018. There won’t be a show on either the 25th or the 26th of November.  It is staged in Bridewell Theatre, in London. On weekdays, the show begins at 7:30 pm, while on Saturday, the show starts at 2:30 pm.

Urine a Ticket Rush

Non-VIP tickets can be purchased for the price of £17. For concessions, the tickets are priced at £14.50. On the other hand, Premium Tickets can be bought for the price of £19, and the concessions cost £16.50. They cannot be reserved in the premium block. People who buy Premium Tickets are sure to get the best seats in the theater. You can avail of a 10% discount if you buy ten tickets online. All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. If you're going to buy tickets on the day of the show itself, you should pay in cash because they won’t accept cards.

Audiences should arrive at the show early or on time at least. You can get your tickets at the Box Office on the evening of the show. Anyone who arrives at the theater 15 minutes beyond the show’s starting time will not be allowed inside.

The Gala Performance will be held on November 23 and 30, which are both on a Friday. The cost of the ticket for this special performance is £21. For concessions, it can be purchased at £17.50. They can buy Premium Tickets for the price of £23, while premium Tickets for concessions cost £20.50. The individuals included in the concessions are Sedos members, senior citizens, children, registered disabled and registered unemployed.

Pee-ple Who Play the Characters

The actors and actresses who have been cast for this hilarious play according to Sedos are:

Miranda Evans, who stars as Hope Cladwell; Joe McWilliam who assumes the role of the hero Bobby Strong; Penelope Pennywise is played by Tal Hewitt; Luke Leahy appears in the musical as Officer Lockstock; Ellie Jones is cast as Little Sally; Dan Saunders stars as Caldwell B. Cladwell; Kate Gledhill takes on the role of Little Becky Two Shoes; Stephen Hewitt acts as Old Man Strong; Chris Watson plays Mr. Mcqueen; Annabel Watson given the role of Josephine Strong; Sarah Berryman is cast as Soupy Sue; Stephen Kellet acts as Officer Barrel; Senator Fipp is played by Sam Barnes; Alex Yelland takes on the role of Hot Blades Harry; Paula Mont plays the character Mrs.Millenium; Jack Brown plays as Tiny Tom, and Kish Soni acts as Dr. Billeaux.

Josh Yeardly, Tasila Banda, Jessie Davidson, Amy Carmichael, and Adrian Hu are cast as the supporting characters of Urinetown.

Toilets For Everybody

In a futuristic town affected by a severe 20-year drought, water has become so scarce that even toilets cannot be used for free anymore. To save water, no one is allowed to have their own private toilets and people need to pay to use the public toilets which belong to the corporation Urine Good Company (UGC). Those who violate the rule will be exiled to the infamous Urinetown.

The focus is on Bobby Strong, who was an activist, prompted to start a revolution because when his father, who could not pay for a toilet fee, resorts to peeing on the pavement, he was transferred to Urinetown, Rampage website says. Bobby feels confused as to what he should do after the incident. Hope Cladwell, who becomes his lover, says that he should listen to what his heart tells him. She is also the daughter of Caldwell B. Cladwell, the head of UGC. Following Hope’s advice, he stirs up a revolution to make using toilets free again.

 

The scarcity of water leads the people of not allowing them to own private toilets but to use public toilet / Photo by Mike King via Flickr