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Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:45 a.m.

EMU Theatre offers satiric musical theater tour of 'Urinetown'

By Staff


EMU's "Urinetown" features Rick Eva as Officer Lockstock, Michael Herman as Officer Barrel and Amber Lawson as Little Sally.

Photo provided by EMU Theatre

Eastern Michigan University Theatre is ready to warm up your winter with the award-winning musical comedy, "Urinetown: The Musical." Directed by Pirooz Aghssa, with musical direction by Howard Cass, "Urinetown" will run Feb. 15-24. All performances will take place in the Quirk Theatre in the Quirk Dramatic Arts Building, located at the intersection of East Circle Drive and Best Hall on EMU’s Ypsilanti Campus.

The winner of Tony Awards for best book and best score, "Urinetown" is an irreverent musical satire with music and lyrics by Mark Hollman, lyrics and book by Greg Kotis.

When a 20-year drought causes an epic water shortage, private toilets are banned and public toilets cost money per use. If anyone refuses to uphold the laws, they are sent to the mysterious “Urinetown,” never to return. Restroom attendant Bobby Strong can no longer tolerate the injustice and incites the citizens to rise up against toilet tyrant Mr. Cladwell and his evil empire. As passions stir, Bobby falls for the beautiful Hope, who just happens to be Cladwell’s daughter.

Romance and chaos ensue in this sharp musical comedy that not only comments on the environment, the legal system and corporate mismanagement, but also the form of the Broadway musical. A hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution that is sure to have audiences up out of their seats - and not just to run to the lavatory. "Urinetown" will play in the Quirk Theatre on Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7 p.m., Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Recommended for audiences ages 10+.

Ticket prices for "Urinetown" are $15 regular admission, $12 for students and seniors, $9 for Mainstage patrons, and $7 for children ages 10-12 (not recommended for younger audiences); no further discounts apply. Tickets are available by phone at 734-487-2282 and in person at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office or the Quirk Box Office. To purchase tickets online visit: Please note that there is an additional processing fee for tickets purchased by phone or online. For more information about EMU Theatre, our season or directions to our theatres, visit