Stevens Dramatic Society presents "Urinetown, the musical"
Thursday, April 11, 2013 – ( 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm )
Location: DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall
The Stevens Dramatic Society is proud to present their spring musical, Urinetown, the musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollman and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Despite the "awful name" (as one of the characters in the show vocalizes), it was nominated for 10 Tony Awards for the 2001-2002 season and won for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Direction.
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets causing citizens to use public amenties. These public amenities are regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Urinetown satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Broadway musical itself as a form.
With direction by Adam Mace, musical direction by Marcus Baker and choreography by Robert Gonzales Jr., the cast consists of 18 Stevens students playing a multitude of characters in this "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
When asked to describe the show, Declan Candela, president of the Stevens Dramatic Society, said, "Be prepared for a wild fusion of the Romeo and Juliet love story with the revolutionary spirit of Les Misérables all set within the most personal theme of all...the bathroom."
Urinetown, the musical will play for four performances at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall: Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m., Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets are $7 for general admission ($5 in advance) and $3 for Students ($1 in advance). Tickets may be purchased online at www.stevens.edu/DeBaunCenter or at the door.