Can this play hold its water?
September 12, 2019—Urinetown: The Musical, which will spill over onto the stage at the Coronado School of Arts, clearly won’t be everyone’s cup of, uh, tea. That’s because this play is bursting with references to urine, and it will likely have many audience members hightailing it to the restrooms at intermission. And there’s, even more, to wade through in Act II with rebellion, forbidden love, plot twists, and a whole lot of sarcasm. The puns flow freely in this Tony award-winning musical, which opens October 25, 2019, and makes for an absorbing evening of fun for the whole family.
Let’s get the bathroom jokes aside. At first flush, this comedy-musical-parody-satire is based on a person’s right to pee for free. A water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has left poor residents desperate and corrupt ones wealthy. Private toilets are government banned. Citizens must pay to use public facilities. The Urine Good Company has a monopoly over the toilets and is making lots of money by raising the bathroom admission cost. Not paying to urinate or “going in the bushes” gets violators arrested and sent to Urinetown—a mysterious place no one knows anything about or whether it really exists. This is not, as narrator and cop Officer Lockstock (Spencer Gerber) says, “a happy musical.”
“It’s a show that manages to skewer politics, capitalism and musical theater all in one delightfully demented package,” according to Barbara Wolf, Chair of CoSA’s award-winning Musical Theatre & Drama conservatory. “It’s a terrific show with a terrible title. You’ve simply gotta go!”
Renowned local artist, Leigh Scarritt, serves as Musical Director for Urinetown: The Musical. Scarritt is a veteran of film, television, and stage and serves as a mentor and coach to dozens of San Diego’s up and coming young talent.
The 570-seat Coronado Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre, located at 650 D Avenue, is the venue for this satirical comedy with performances on October 25 (7 pm), October 26 (7 pm), October 27 (2 pm), November 1 (7 pm), and November 2 (7pm). Tickets are available at the box offices 45 minutes prior to performance or online at cosamtd-urinetown.eventbrite.com and range from $10-$20.
Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is a premier public school arts conservatory, home to 200 scholar artists grades 9 through 12, who attend the nationally ranked Coronado High School. CoSA provides an intense, pre-professional arts education to students from all over San Diego in six conservatories including Classical & Contemporary Dance, Digital Arts, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre & Drama, Theatre Production Design & Management, and Visual Art.
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For additional information, upcoming events, sponsorship opportunities, or to schedule interviews/appearances by the cast, please contact Elisabeth Josset at 619.522.4050.