Title: Theatre UAB: “Urinetown: The Musical” by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Calendar: College of Arts and Sciences Events
Date: 04.09.2014 - 04.13.2014
Location: Sirote Theatre at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South.
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What: Theatre UAB: “Urinetown: The Musical”
When: April 9-13, 2014
Where: Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Avenue South
Price: general public, $12 and $15; students, $6; UAB employees and senior citizens, $10
Contact: http://www.uab.edu/cas/music/

In a Gotham-like city, a catastrophic 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets to conserve water. Citizens must use pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Co., a malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell. Amid the people, a hero plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

That is the plot for “Urinetown,” a three-time Tony award-winning, uproariously funny musical by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Theatre will present the musical April 9-13, with shows at 7:30 p.m. nightly April 9-12 and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Sirote Theatre at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. General admission tickets are $12 and $15, student tickets $6, and UAB employee and senior citizen tickets $10. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Visit Theatre UAB at www.uab.edu/theatre.

Audiences should not let the title or premise scare them, says Director Valerie Accetta, MFA, head of UAB Musical Theatre. “Urinetown” has been touted as reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical can be, she says. It opened on Broadway on September 20, 2001, only nine days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and it has found popularity in regional theaters around the country.