Blackburn theatre group to perform Tony Award winning production

Blackburn theatre group to perform Tony Award winning

The Blackburn College Department of Performing Arts will present the Broadway musical Urinetown April 11-14 in Bothwell Auditorium. One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs.

Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

The musical is rated PG. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11 and run through Saturday April 14. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, April 15.

Tickets will be sold at the door an hour before the curtain time, and seating is first-come-first serve. Admission is free for all Blackburn students, staff and faculty, $2.00 for high school students, and $7.00 for general admission.

Urinetown was created by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis, who both have Illinois roots. Mark Hollman, who wrote the music and shares lyrics credit with Kotis, grew up in Fairview Heights and attended high school at Belleville Township High School East.

Hollman and Kotis met as students at the University of Chicago, and were members of various Chicago theatre companies including Cardiff Giant Theatre Company, Neo-futurists, and Second City, before collaborating on Urinetown. Urinetown started as a New York International Fringe Festival, then moved to Off –Broadway and ultimately Broadway in 2001, where it played until 2004, racking up 965 performances. Urinetown was nominated for an impressive 10 Tony awards, and won three, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Direction.

Urinetown has proved to be a popular production and has teamed up with actor Matt Damon and his charity water.org, an organization dedicated to bringing clean water and sanitation to people around the world. For more information on Blackburn’s production of Urinetown, or to learn more about water.org, visit (and like) the Blackburn College Performing Arts page on Facebook.