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  • Audio CD (Aug. 7 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005LZR8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ttlgrl on June 11 2004
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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
For me, Broadway musicals are an excruciating form of torture. I'd rather stab myself in the head than listen to "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," or anything by Andrew Lloyd Webber. But "Urinetown" is a remarkable exception, for two major reasons.
First, these guys clearly understand why some people hate musicals so intensely. Every groan-inducing convention of the musical theater is ruthlessly satirized with intelligence and wit. Yet none of this lampooning is mean-spirited, despite its deadly accuracy. The tone is almost affectionate, much as one would describe an old friend who passes gas frequently.
The second reason for the show's success is an obvious one: the music is really good. It is far more taut than the nauseating melodic smears and scooping that have come to characterize the dreaded "Broadway show tune." The highlight is "Run, Freedom, Run," a parody of that awful inspirational song that invariably shows up in Act II of the canonical musical. In addition to being hilarious, it's a toe-tapping and memorable piece of music.
"Urinetown" needs to be seen in person, as much of the humor is visual: the mock-enthusiastic choreography for "Run, Freedom, Run" brings down the house. Nonetheless, the CD stands well on its own, and is an enjoyable document of an astonishing accomplishment.
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Format: Audio CD
DISCLAIMER: I've not seen this musical, I've only heard the CD (albeit about 20 times through :D).
Let's start with the weaknesses as I perceive 'em. The lyrics occasionally lack the wit, bite, and intricacy that I've grown spoiled by with Sondheim (e.g., "Into the Woods"). I found the "young" voices to be cute, initially, but generally somewhat annoying upon relistening.
The positives of this fine disc far outweigh the negatives, however, in my humble opinion.
First, my criticism above notwithstanding, the vocal blend is generally among the most outstanding I've EVER heard from a Broadway musical. There are no obnoxious divas vibrato'ing above the others, no slightly-flat tenors pounding their chests harming the harmonies. ALL the singers articulate well and are wonderfully warm.
Second, the music and lyrics are humorous and vivid even without me seeing a single picture or video from this production. I get a fine idea of the story, the characters, the general feel of this musical without having to be there (though I'd love to be there, of course!).
Third, I believe that ALL the songs on this album are pretty much "re-listenable" AND singable. There are no duds that "you just had to be there in person to appreciate." And unlike many of the more pretentious yet flat musicals out there, there were no songs that[were]overly treachly sentiment or pathetically predictable love airings.
Lastly, as a musician myself, I was strongly impressed by the balance and full-sound of the small musical ensemble on this CD. Combined with some tight cast harmonies, the band really made this musical come alive.
In a nutshell, then, this CD features music that is toe-tapping, engaging, fun, moderately clever, and just plain enjoyable!
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