After the successful season opening run of A Chorus Line, the Mac-Haydn Summer 2022 Season continues with Urinetown, July 7 through July 17.
A side splitting sendup of greed, love, revolution and musical theater itself. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is hilariously funny, remarkably irreverent and touchingly sincere. The winner of 3 Tony Awards and 2 Obie Awards, this incredible satire leaves no one safe from scrutiny as it surveys societies established norms and foundational institutions.
A dire water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens of Urinetown are forced to pay a single malevolent company to use the only available amenities. One citizen of Urinetown decides that they’ve had enough. They plan a revolution to break the chain and lead the people to freedom!
Originally planned for our 2020 season, this production of Urinetown is two years in the making, finally hitting our stage for the first time ever. You are sure to love the ardent characters of this irreverent satire. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the modern era. It’s outrageous, unscrupulous and absolutely hilarious!
Trey Compton makes his Mac-Haydn directorial debut after previously directing with The Fulton, Riverside, Engeman, Sierra Repertory, The Herb Strauss, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, and most recently at Cortland Repertory Theatre. Compton is joined by seasoned Mac-Haydn choreographer Elizabeth McGuire, whose previous credits in Chatham include “Camelot” (2019) and “Pippin” (2021).
“I’m so very thrilled Urinetown will be shared with audiences at Mac-Haydn,” said Compton. “The show is musical theatre satire at its best. It brilliantly walks the line between thought provoking, affecting theatre and ‘pee your pants funny’ musical comedy (pun very much intended).”
Broadway’s George Dvorsky returns to the Mac-Haydn stage as Caldwell B. Cladwell. Dvorsky’s past roles with the theatre include Mushnik in the 2019 production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and his Berkshire Theatre Award-winning performance as Warbucks in 2018’s “Annie.”
Dvorsky is joined by newcomer Janet Dickinson as the menacing Penelope Pennywise. Dickinson is no stranger to the stage, having appeared regionally and on Broadway in shows including “Anastasia the Musical,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Happiness” at Lincoln Center.
Book by Greg Kotis
Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis
Production information from machaydntheatre.org
DATES/TIMES: Thursday, July 7 – Sunday, July 17, 2022
Jul 7 – 2:00PM Thursday
Jul 7 – 8:00PM Thursday
Jul 8 – 8:00PM Friday
Jul 9 – 4:00PM Saturday
Jul 10 – 2:00PM Sunday
Jul 10 – 7:00PM Sunday
Jul 13 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Jul 14 – 2:00PM Thursday
Jul 14 – 8:00PM Thursday
Jul 15 – 8:00PM Friday
Jul 16 – 4:00PM Saturday
Jul 16 – 8:00PM Saturday
Jul 17 – 2:00PM Sunday
Jul 17 – 7:00PM Sunday
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.
LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
Chatham, NY 12037