WHAT’S HAPPENING, BROADWAY FANS?! It is 29 days until the 71st Annual Tony Awards and our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN continues with more showstopping performances from the past telecasts.
At #29, we are taken to a small town where apparently people have to pay to use the bathroom or head to one of the most terrifying places ever. However, it takes one man’s courage to stand up for what is right. This is URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL!! The show features a score and book by Mark Hollmann and Lyrics by Greg Kotis. It is considered a musical parody comedy of iconic dramatic musicals, including Les Miserables – Musical, The Cradle Will Rock, and The Threepenny Opera.
From the 2002 telecast, Tony-nominee Hunter Foster as the brave and heroic “Bobby Strong,” along with Jeff McCarthy as the strict “Officer Lockstock” (also the narrator), two-time Tony-nominee Spencer Kayden as the quirky, precious, and bright street urchin “Little Sally,” Tony-nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as the beautifully innocent “Hope Cladwell,” and the cast performing the show’s anthem “RUN FREEDOM RUN.”
URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL originally began as an idea when writer Greg Kotis was traveling to Europe and encountered a “pay-per-use toilets” bathroom. He started writing about the situation and collaborated with Mark Hollmann in telling his story as a musical. The show had its first production at the FringeNYC – The New York International Fringe Festival in 2001. Because the show got a lot of buzz Off-Off Broadway, it was moved Off Broadway to the American Theatre for Actors, and then to Broadway’s Henry Miller’s Theatre (now the Stephen Sondheim Theatre) for 990 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2002 winning 3 for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score (for Hollmann and Kotis) and Best Direction of a Musical (for John Rando). Following its Broadway run, URINETOWN went to make audiences laugh and cry on tour across America, London’s West End, and more.
Most recently in 2015, URINETOWN returned to its Off Broadway home of the American Theatre for Actors for a strictly limited run with a more updated version. One of the theaters where it was playing in the 54th Street venue was named after John Cullum (who originated the role of the sleazy and evil “Cadwell B. Cladwell.” Today, URINETOWN is also a popular show being performed in Schools, Regional, and Community Theatre everywhere.
Does this performance want to make you raise your hands up and stand for what’s right?!
Urinetown performance at the tonys, great musical!