Urinetown: The Musical
Written by: Greg Kotis, Music by: Mark Hollman
Directed by: Amir Feinberg
Musically Directed by: Liana Gerstein and Michael Goodloe
Choreographed by: Abby Bornstein
Technically Directed by: Jenn Collins
The musical takes place in an undisclosed city. For decades, a serious drought has inflicted on society with vast poverty, although a callous business tycoons such as the main antagonist Cladwell B. Cladwell, have made a fortune through bribery and the monopolization of restrooms. All toilets have become property of his corporation “Urine Good Company.” A brutal police force maintains order, sending violators of the law to a place called “Urinetown.” Of course, thanks to the overly ambitious narrator, the audience soon learns that Urinetown doesn’t exist; anyone who is sent to Urinetown is simply thrown off of a tall building, falling to their death.
Believe it or not, this is a comedy. At the heart of the story is a naïve young man, Bobby Strong, who decides to fight for freedom, inspired by the equally tender-hearted ingenue, Hope Cladwell. Their innate virtue and goodness lead them to the conclusion that changes must be made. The people have a right to use the restroom without taxation! Bobby is the first to become a revolutionary, and in the process makes some tough decisions (like kidnapping Hope, when he discovers that she is the daughter of the evil tycoon, Mr. Cladwell). More complications ensue when the revolutionaries which Bobby has mustered together decide they want to become violent, and they want to begin by killing poor Hope (as evident in the song, “Snuff that Girl”).
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Written by: John Gordon, Music by: Clark Gesner
Directed by: Corey Steinfast
Musically Directed by: Crystal Luo
Choreographed by: Molly Balseiro
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Patty, Shroeder, Lucy and Snoopy. All of the characters share their observations, largely negative, of Charlie Brown. As the play progresses, the relationships of the Peanuts characters to one another are further expanded. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and takes great pleasure in tormenting Charlie Brown. Linus loves his blanket. Snoopy lives in his rich imagination. Charlie Brown is in love with a mysterious little, redheaded girl. The show ends with each character listing things that for him or her equal happiness. Finally, Lucy ends up telling Charlie Brown what a good man he is leaving a smiling, happy Charlie Brown alone on stage.