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Critical Responses for the Original Production

“A declaration of the power of theatre…a sensational piece of performance art, one that acknowledges theater tradition and pushes it forward as well…. Simply the most gripping and galvanizing theater experience in town. And did I mention that Urinetown is hilarious?”
Bruce Weber, New York Times

“Elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd.”
Linda Winer, Newsday

“Irreverent and nimble…Takes every Broadway banality and subverts [it] with refreshing cynicism.”
Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal

“Pure gold!… Urinetown is a wild and happy mix of biting satire and loving parody. What is wonderful is the energized spirit that flashes through the show like lightning. You’ll get your money’s worth in sheer fun.”
Clive Barnes, New York Post

“Inspired, fresh, exuberant, even moving. You’ve got to go!”
Entertainment Weekly

“Adventurous and groundbreaking musicals can provoke us, engage us in fresh ways, push the boundaries of the form, make a real emotional connection with the people on stage. Musicals like Urinetown, the sell-out hit that aims for comic heights and keeps the audience soaring”
Richard Zoglin, TIME

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