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Urinetown: The Musical, by music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
A Must See. . .
Thursday, June 12, 2008
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Urinetown is a show that can either be unbelievably entertaining or a complete wreck, with varying levels of success in between. Onstage Atlanta’s revival of Urinetown proved not only to be incredibly entertaining but also technically sound. I saw the show twice during its original run, and I loved it then so I didn’t think it would be any better. My expectations, however, were proved wrong. Not only was the revival of Urinetown just as much if not more entertaining, but the technical aspects of the show were fine-tuned. There is absolutely no comparison between the sets of the two shows. The set in the revival not only created the atmosphere for the story, but it also aided the smooth flow of the production from scene to scene. The choreography of the revival appeared much more challenging, and the blocking truly accomplished its purpose in helping to further communicate the story. A particular favorite scene where I was intrigued by the staging was the Act One Finale.

But a musical can’t be impressive based on the technical aspects alone. The sound of the chorus as well as individual singers is absolutely astounding. I have no doubt in my mind that each individual cast member has a powerhouse of a voice, or else their sound as a whole could not possibly be so overwhelming(in a good way!). Particular favorites of mine were “Privilege to Pee,” with Ms. Pennywise literally blowing the house away with impeccably strong vocals, “Urinetown” (honestly, I’ve never felt the vigor and intensity in this song in any other show I’ve seen-and this cast doesn’t even have microphones!), "Look at the Sky," which has never been one of my favorites until I heard this Bobby Strong's ridiculously amazing voice, and “Run Freedom Run,” during which the cast maintained incredible energy that made the audience want to get up and dance with them(although we couldn't possibly keep up because of the challenging choreography)! I also enjoyed the fact that each character was distinct in his/her role. No two characters were alike, which takes both individuals working alone and closely together as a cast.

I think it’s pretty clear that I believe this to be an incredible show, but what distinguishes it as such is not just their mastery of the basics. What impresses me is when someone takes a smaller role and makes it memorable. Mr. McQueen takes his one solo in “Mr. Cladwell” and made me think, wow, that guy can sing. A solo I never noticed in the million times I’ve listened to the song, or the times I’ve seen the show and here I was, remembering it and discussing it with a fellow audience member. I appreciate that; I appreciate the thought and effort each individual places in his/her character. It’s clear that each cast member is “following his heart” by creating what he loves, and that is, great art.

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