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Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (February 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571211828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571211821
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd. The show winks at everything from Hamlet’s father’s ghost to West Side Story, from the revolutionary pretensions of Les Mis to the revivalist joy of Guys & Dolls.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

About the Author

Greg Kotis is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, creators of the long-running attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes. Jobey and Katherine, his play about fish, toast, and a love stronger and grimmer than death, enjoyed runs in New York and Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Mark Hollmann attended the Making Tuners Workshop at New Tuners Threatre in Chicago and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. A member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, he lives in Manhattan with his wife.

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Customer Reviews

The pictures and story behind the musical was interesting.
A. Jones
In the end, Urinetown ends unhappily, but it does have a good message about the waste of water, and some great music and is just overall fun.
Renfield
A "Must Have" for any fan of this show, any musical theatre fan, or any fan of insane comedy!
J.D.

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J.D. on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This item is the script for the Broadway play. It contains every bit of dialogue, song lyrics, and blocking used in the Broadway Musical. This script is absolutely phenomenal. I've listened to the recording an innumberable number of times, have seen the show on Broadway, and have read the script several times since then. It is just so funny! I don't know how they came up with this crazy idea and ingenious music and lyrics and dialogue, but if you're looking for an amazingly funny script to read, this is it!
This book also includes some nice forwards by both the writer and composer, giving a long background on how this play came to be.
A "Must Have" for any fan of this show, any musical theatre fan, or any fan of insane comedy!
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By Holland on December 18, 2013
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This is one of the best musicals that few have seen or even heard of. I got the script to encourage a local production. We'll see if it will ever happen.
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By Paul M, on January 11, 2013
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Loved the show on Broadway. Deeply funny. At the same time, it was smart and savvy. Definitely worth having in your collection.
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By Renfield on November 3, 2010
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Pissing. It's not something we think about quite often, but what if that right to do your private business in private was taken away? What if we had a price over our bodily functions, and what if we couldn't afford it?

That's what "Urinetown" often ponders. Urinetown is a hilarious tragicomedy about an unnamed city in a dystopian future that has been victim to a 20 year drought. This has caused an enforced ban on all private toilets, and only one amenity is open for use. However, the lines are long and you have to pay. No biggie, I can just go in the bushes, right?

WRONG.

Police are everywhere. And if you go to the bathroom anywhere else than the amenity, you are sent off by the cops to a place called "Urinetown". What is Urinetown? I cannot reveal!!!

This is an excellent, thoughtful social commentary of a musical that is just outright fun. The music is FANTASTIC. The songs are just great! "It's a Privelege to Pee" is a hilarious, tongue in cheek song, "Run Freedom Run" is a catchy Gospel tune, "Act One Finale" is an intense and disturbing nail biter, "Snuff That Girl" is really cool... the whole musical is just too fun for words.

In the end, Urinetown ends unhappily, but it does have a good message about the waste of water, and some great music and is just overall fun.
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URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL is on of the few original shows NY has seen in sometime. The satire is a great study of cultural phenomenon, the growth of civilization and even musical theatre. Read it once for concept, a second time for tidbits that make the show.
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By K. Prince on February 22, 2009
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The book was exactly what i wanted. i love the music from the show and the book just made the music better
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By A. Jones on September 25, 2007
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I used this book in our amateur production of the musical and I recommend this script. The pictures and story behind the musical was interesting.
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I always thought "Forum" was the best musical written but that is now in second place to Urinetown. This one also has a lot to think about as a commentary on our times. Shouldn't be missed.
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