Urinetown: The Musical about the Privileges of Peeing. A conversation with composer Mark Hollmann

Adapted from an interview with Robert Wilder Blue for usOperaweb.com On the eve of its opening at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco (where it would begin its successful national tour), Robert Wilder Blue spoke with Mr. Hollmann about his life before URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL. “I was born in Belleville, Illinois,” he confessed, “which is in […]

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Our Pantomime for 2017 will be…

SMP are very pleased to announce that after much consideration we’ve chosen our pantomime for January 2017. We’re very excited to share it with you. For the first time in the groups history we will be performing ‘FROSTED – A Family Pantomime.’ The story tells the tale of two Princesses as one struggles to come to […]

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Urinetown Music Links

Here are links for each of the songs to give you an idea of what they look like; 1. Overture 2. Too Much Exposition 3. Urinetown 4. It’s A Privilege To Pee 5. Mr. Cladwell 6. Cop Song 7. Follow Your Heart 8. Look At The Sky 9. Don’t Be The Bunny 10. Act One […]

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The Writing of Urinetown

(source: the Magazines of the University of Chicago and the American Conservatory Theatre) Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, both 1985 graduates of the University of Chicago didn’t worry much about their show’s crowd-pleasing potential when they wrote URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL. Instead, they wrote a story in which the downtrodden do not triumph, the handsome hero is […]

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About the Playwrights

      GREG KOTIS (book and lyrics) is a New York-based playwright, who specializes in dark, disturbing comedies with socially relevant themes. He is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, creators of the long-running, on-going attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes entitled TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND. JOBEY AND KATHERINE, his play about fish, […]

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The Idea for URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL

(Excerpted from Greg Kotis’ introduction to URINETOWN: The Musical) The idea for URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL first came to me during what might generously be described as a poorly planned trip to Europe during the late winter/early spring of 1995. On our return flight, I decided to extend an overnight layover in Paris to spend two weeks bumming around […]

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Sleeping Beauty Blog – Week 10

This week’s post comes from our Princess Aurora herself, Ellie! Hello one and all, and welcome to the 10th installment (10th!) of our blog for ‘Sleeping Beauty’! I have loved reading the weekly installments written by other SMP beauties so far, and now the blogging baton has been handed over to yours truly (eeek)! I […]

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Urinetown – The Synopsis

Urinetown begins with a friendly welcome from our narrator, Officer Lockstock. Officer Lockstock and the adorable moppet Little Sally fill us in on the back-story. As the result of a terrible water shortage, private toilets have become unthinkable. All restroom activities are handled through a private corporation, the Urine Good Company (UGC for short). To […]

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