April 05, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The department of theatre and dance at Bucknell University will present "Urinetown, The Musical," April 13, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens.

Directed by Gary Grant, professor of theatre at Bucknell, "Urinetown, The Musical" is the winner of three Tony Awards and two Obies. It began as an Off-Broadway fringe theatre hit that captured mainstream audiences with its wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

Politically incorrect satire

 With music and lyrics by Mark Holliman and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, "Urinetown" is a politically incorrect satire inspired by Brecht and Weil which skewers corporate greed and corruption.

As an absurdist melodrama that lies somewhere between Pirandello and West Side Story, "Urinetown" combines the outrageous saga of a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent CEO has taken control of all the toilet facilities, and the romantic story of unlikely lovers who rekindle hope in the desperate lives of the beleaguered public.

Time magazine writer Richard Zoglin has called it "Better than The Producers" and continues, "Adventurous and ground-breaking 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."

Bruce Weber in The New York Times says, "There is no show I've ever seen that gives off such a sense that the creators and performers know what it takes to make the world a better place."

Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance, by calling 570-577-1000, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice.xml

Bucknell students in the cast of  "Urinetown: The Musical" (photo by R. Christopher Stokes)

Posted April 5, 2007

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