Baylor Theatre to Present 'Urinetown the Musical'

Sept. 25, 2008

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's theatre arts department will present "Urinetown the Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 6-11, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, in Jones Theater at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

The Tony award-winning musical is based on the book by Greg Kotis, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann.

"Urinetown the Musical" is an unconventional, satirical musical that finds humor in social and economic issues, while creating comedy based upon the musical itself. Kotis created the idea of "Urinetown" while traveling in parts of Europe and discovering that some of toilets required a fee to be used. Kotis ran with the toll-toilets idea and created a town where toilets are owned by a ruthless corporation and the lower class workers must pay a fee if they want a bathroom break.

"'Urinetown the Musical' is a fantastically funny and innocently irreverent, family-friendly musical for young and old alike," said Stan Denman, chair of the department of theatre arts and director of the musical. "It was one of the most delightful surprises I have ever had on Broadway. With such a terrible title, you know it had to be good for this Tony Award-winning musical to receive rave reviews from critics and audiences alike."

Patrick Matzig, a senior performance studies major from Conroe, will star as Officer Lockstock; Louise McCartney, a senior performance major from Mansfield, as Penelope Pennywise and Adam Garst, a junior performance major from Sugar Land, as Bobby Strong.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, faculty and staff with a Baylor ID. Tickets are available at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center box office and online at www.baylor.edu/theatre.

For more information, contact the box office at (254) 710-1865 or visit the Baylor theatre department.

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