Don't Let The Title Fool You! MHS Stages “Urinetown” as its Spring Musical
Montclair Patch - almost 5 years
You might think “Urinetown” sounds unappealing, but don’t let the title fool you. This musical won Tony Awards for its direction, book, music and lyrics when it first ran on Broadway in 2002, and was called by the New York Times, “a great musical—extraordinary, hilarious, and entirely original.” It will be all that and more when presented this weekend and next by the talented cast and crew of Montclair High School’s School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA).
The story is set in a city where a 20-year drought has created a terrible water shortage, forcing the citizens to pay to…pee. The social commentary in its off-beat plot is certainly relevant today, as it satirizes capitalism, bureaucracy, and corporate greed. Indeed, “Urinetown” is the perfect mix of sophisticated, dark humor and fun, wacky music and characters. Brenda Pepper, director of the production, says, “The music, the energy, the dance numbers and sophistication of this script and the performers make this a very
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