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Urinetown - The Musical
a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL
by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis

COMPANY : Next Stage Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Next Stage Theatre (@ Children's Garden Playhouse)
ID# 4069

SHOWING : July 22, 2011 - August 07, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Tony Award winning musical, full of laughs and great music. Whoever thought a water shortage could be so funny? Directed by Rob Hardie and starring Brian Clements, Ali Sheehan, Ansley Gwinn, Zip Rampy, Connor Crank and Amanda Leigh-Hardie.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Rob Hardie
Co-Director Zip Rampy
Music Director Hayley Tanner
Music Director Haley Adkisson
Set Design Brian Clements
Stage Manager Ali Gutierrez
Co-Choreographer Mesha Hightower
Lighting Design Jon Liles
Co-Choreographer John Parker
Set Design Rebecca Pino
Set Design Matt Pino
Officer Lockstock Brian Clements
Bobby Strong Connor Crank
Hot Blades Harry Chris Davis
Ms. Millenium Tonglia Davis
Soupy Sue Mary-E Godfrey
Officer Barrel Ali Gutierrez
Little Sally Ansley Elizabeth Gwinn
Robby the Stockfish Mitchell Harrison
Becky Two Shoes Kirsten Milliken
Ms. Pennywise Michelle Peck
Tiny Tom Jordan Perry
Ms. Pennywise Amanda Leigh Pickard
Senator Fipp Zip Rampy
Poor Ep Jordan Schwartz
Hope Cladwell Alli Sheahan
Billy Boy Bill J.D. Touchton
Josephine "Ma" Strong Rene' Voige
Old Lady Lady Debby Wachsman
Secretary/Old Annie Area Walton
Joseph "Old Man" Strong Evan Weisman
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Ap-PEE-sement
by Dedalus
Friday, August 26, 2011
4.0
If this were a review of a musical called “Urinetown,” it would probably start with a tacky toilet-humor title, and acknowledge my on-going biases due to my relationship/friendship with director Rob Hardie and Next Stage Theatre. Heck, he even talked me into giving a curtain speech this time, and holding my review until later in the run!

If this were a review of a musical called “Urinetown,” it would downplay the Small Budget constraints that were overcome with a top-notch cast, a wonderfully talented band, a urinal-full of energetic choreography, a bucket-full of marvelous singing, and a pot-full of inspired directorial flourishes (the opening announcements in particular), while admitting that the lighting design truly sucked wind (*) and the set design could have used a LOT more “distressing” (we’re in a low-rent amenity, after all, not a high-end spa).

If this were a review of a musical called “Urinetown,” it would praise to the seven seas and seventy sewers the work of leads Brian Clements, Connor Crank, Michelle Peck, Amanda Hardie, Rob Hardie, and, especially, Alli Sheahan, who was the funniest and loveliest Hope Cladwell I’ve ever seen.

It would also acknowledge the strong and singularly excellent supporting work by everyone else. Or, more accurately the plurally excellent work, since most played multiple roles, rich and poor, relieved and backed-up (especially Kirsten Milliken and Chris Davis who positively dripped anticipatory relish in “Snuff that Girl”).

If this were a review of a musical called “Urinetown,” it would plagiarize from reviews of past productions, referring to the constant references to other musicals, the self-conscious and unconscious costuming allusions (I counted at least five musicals represented in the costuming plot, but was assured only two were intentional).

Finally, if this were a review of a musical called “Urinetown,” it would end with a protestation of my own tastefulness, after evoking the self-referential tone of the work in question.

However, this not a review of a musical called “Urinetown.” After all, I have far too many biases and far too much good taste to even see such a play.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


(*) I am intimately aware of the tech problems of the old Blackwell venue, having fought them myself last month for “The Last Five Years,” and on an ongoing basis with Children’s Garden Theater. However, even given the difficulty of the barriers, I got the distinct impression the designer made no effort to work with the lights that were available – scenes were generally badly mixed and focused, with random “hot spots” and too-low specials. On the other hand, Officer Lockstock’s footlights were a thing of beauty and joy to behold.


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