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Urinetown

Original Cast Recording Audio CD
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1. Overture
2. Too Much Exposition
3. Urinetown
4. It's A Privilege To Pee
5. Mr. Cladwell
6. Cop Song
7. Follow Your Heart
8. Look At The Sky
9. Don't Be The Bunny
10. Act One Finale
11. What Is Urinetown?
12. Snuff That Girl
13. Run, Freedom, Run!
14. Why Did I Listen To That Man?
15. Tell Her I Love Her
16. We're Not Sorry
17. We're Not Sorry-Reprise
18. I See A River

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"How about a bad title?" wonders Spencer Kayden's Little Sally in "Too Much Exposition." "That could kill a show pretty good." It's a tribute to the skill deployed by the Urinetown creative team (Mark Hollman, music and lyrics; Greg Kotis, book and lyrics) that its title doesn't kill the show. Set in a near-future in which water depletion has led to a ban on private toilets, this may be the only musical in history in which one of the leads makes a fortune on pee. But the show (which originated Off-Broadway before graduating to the big league) limits its subversive intent to subject matter and is refreshingly classic in approach and structure--think Weill-meets-Lewis Carroll. Backed by a small ensemble, the cast (with John Cullum in a turn nothing short of brilliant as the evil urinal magnate) has a field day with Kotis and Hollman's frequently hilarious score. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a great show... June 11 2004
By ttlgrl
Format:Audio CD
I saw the show when it came to Toronto & I loved it, which was why I bought the cd. The Toronto cast did a 'more than excellent' job with the music, but I was somewhat disappointed with the cd. First of all the sound quality wasn't as good as it should have been, the original cast did not sound half as good as the Toronto cast, but the songs reminded me of what a great time I had at the show which was AWESOME!!! You cannot really grasp the magnitude of the music if you've never seen the show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest musical! June 23 2009
Format:Audio CD
Urinetown is a great, funny musical. I enjoyed this CD just as much as watching it on stage multiple times. There's only one ballad in the show, so for those who enjoy FUN musicals this is a definite must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urinetown ... you'll keep going back for more! July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first exposure I, like many others, ever had to Urineotwn was its 2002 appearence on the Tony awards performing "Run Freedom Run." Just comparing the selections shown that night of "Throughly Modern Millie" and "Urinetown" it is a complete mystery why Urinetown is not still running today with the Tony for Best Musical in its tow. The book along with the music full of quirking lyrics ('so let's live it up...eat the oyster and the pearl!')and boiling over with spunky similies ('my heart is like a stallion racing through a great expanse...preforming coronary somersaults!') keeps many a listeners singing along. Also, the Tony award winning score is more then complimented by the fantastic performances of Spencer Kayden (Little Sally) and Hunter Foster (Bobby Strong) who is now playing in "The Producers." This is a CD has a one of a kind sound that is addictive leaving you comming bakc for more. No matter how many soundtracks you own there is always room in your stereo for the unique tunes of Urinetown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Urine Heaven Every Single Second of "Urinetown" June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Urinetown" is so many things. Hysterical, touching, exhuberant, joyful, and above all, it is sheer brilliance. "Urinetown" was one of the best theatre-going experiences I have ever had. I actually wasn't too hot on seeing it, but was convinced to go by a relative, and I was enchanted by the pure magic of this show by the second or third bar of the overture. And a great thing about this cast recording, is that it is one of the best shows to transfer from stage to cd. Every number on the cd, is almost as good as seeing them live. Of course, nothing can match the live theatre experience, but this cd comes close. Unfortunately "Urinetown" has now closed on Broadway, but this cd is an absolute must for Broadway enthusiasts. Don't miss out on one of the most joyful musicals ever written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melbourne Cast Superb! April 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Australian premiere of URINETOWN is tonight (17/04/04) at the Playhouse, Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne - presented by the prestigious Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC). Congratulations to the phenomenal Australian cast, including Shane Bourne, Lisa McCune, Rhonda Burchmore and Gerry Connolly. Directed by Artistic Director Simon Phillips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Broadway musicals of recent years Oct. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
URINETOWN is one of the best Broadway musicals of recent years. Featuring a killer score by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, it has shades of the political, anarchic musicals written by Brecht and Weill (THE THREEPENNY OPERA), as well as Marc Blitzstein (JUNO) in the 50's.
The story recounts the troubled province of Urinetown. Due to a crippling water shortage, the town is forced to ban toilets, instead having to pay the frazzled Miss Penelope Pennywise (Nancy Opel - TRIUMPH OF LOVE) to use the cramped urinal which has to accommodate the entire population of the town. Toilet mogul Cladwell (John Cullum - ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER) keeps the town under his forceful thumb, until his headstrong young daughter Hope (Jennifer Laura Thompson) and local boy Bobby Strong (Hunter Foster - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) decide to rally the township to revolt.
Acting as our 'tour guides' are Officer Lockstock (Jeff McCarthy) and Little Sally (Spencer Kayden). Standout numbers include "Follow Your Heart", "Snuff That Girl", "Too Much Exposition", "We're Not Sorry", "Tell Her I Love Her" and the showstopping "Run Freedom Run".
URINETOWN first began life off-Broadway, but later moved up to the Henry Miller's Theatre on the main stem. If you have yet to discover this show (or if you are just put off by the name), forget your qualms and buy it - you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So wonderful and so, so wrong Aug. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's original, it's bold, it's hilarious, it's lovingly wrong. It's "Urinetown". For anyone who insists the American Musical Theatre is dead, let them hear this CD. From the opening to the finale, with titles like "Too Much Exposoition", "Priveledge to Pee", "Don't Be The Bunny", and "Snuff That Girl", it's an experience unlike any other and reaffirms your faith in the future of American Musical Theatre. Fans of the CD who were unable to catch the show's too-short Broadway run should see this show on tour, if you can. It's unbelievable! One of the few shows that is worth every penny of the ticket price.
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Let me start by noting an aspect that's too often overlooked on cast recordings: clarity. First of all, the sound is beautifully crisp, clean, but also authentic (you really feel like you're in the theatre, not a sound studio). Secondly, this is one of the VERY few recordings in which you can actually understand every word spoken and sung. These performers -- with not a weak one in the bunch -- deserve major kudos for their excellence in both enunciation skills and their ability to clearly convey emotion with every syllable.
Beyond this, I'll simply re-emphasize what others here have rightly noted. This score is hugely entertaining... witty, warm, clever, and just dang fun to listen to. You WILL find yourself humming / singing / tapping long after the the CD has finished playing :)
Oh, and if you have a chance to actually SEE this musical... well, you gotta go (so to speak :D)
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