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Urinetown, The Musical
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Urinetown, The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

Urinetown was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc., and Lauren Mitchell

Directed and Choreographed by Brad Willcuts
Musical Direction by Dave Wendelberger


Is a water crisis something to laugh at? In this prophetic and satirical musical the downtrodden rebel against the greedy who have control of the water.

Synopsis: Bobby Strong, unlikely leader of The Poor, falls for Hope, daughter of the corporate boss, Caldwell B. Cladwell. Bobby is faced with an ultimate, life-changing decision, Caldwell struggles to keep his stronghold, and Hope discovers a newfound passion. A strong ensemble of characters supports, with both farce and levity. An age-old story of "The Poor vs. The Rich", with such popular songs as It's A Privilege to Pee, Run Freedom Run, and Follow Your Heart.



Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 2:00pm
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00pm
*Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00pm
**Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:00pm

* FLINT WATER CRISIS Symposium on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4:30pm (Following the matinee and preceding the evening performance. FREE to the public. See details below)

** Director Pre-Show Discussion Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:15pm

Tickets are available from the Wharton Center Box Office, 1.800.WHARTON, whartoncenter.com

URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. wwwMTIShows.com


* Please join us at 4:30pm following the matinee performance for a symposium exploring themes and connections from the performance and the Flint water crisis. Panelists are researchers, artists, and activists connected to the crisis. Esteemed panelists include:

Laura Sullivan: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Kettering University
Dr. Laura Sullivan, professor of Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington in Materials Science and Engineering, with expertise in biomaterials, polymer processing and service learning.

Benjamin Pauli: Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, Kettering University
Ben Pauli is Assistant Professor of Social Science at Kettering University. He has been involved in the response to the Flint water crisis as an activist and member of the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership.

Melissa Mays: Flint Clean Water Advocate and founder of “Water You Fighting For?”
Melissa Mays is an activist and founder of Water You Fighting For?, a Flint, Michigan-based research and advocacy organization founded around the city’s water crisis. She and her three children suffer from long-term exposure to heavy metals because of the water supply.

Desiree Duelle: Flint based Artist and Community Activist
Desiree Duell is a community artist, activist and mother based in Flint, Michigan. In 2011,  She returned to her hometown of Flint after years of working around the country to be closer to her family and build a community arts practice.

Robert Brown: MSU Outreach and Engagement, Associate Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development
Mr. Brown brokers, facilitates, and participates in university/community partnerships that are scholarly, community-based, collaborative, responsive, and capacity-building for the public good. Brown is a husband and father (his son Desmond is in the 4th grade), and is a resident of the great City of Flint, a board member of WOW Outreach, a core team member of the national Strategic Doing Institute, and helped to found Neighborhoods Without Borders, a network of Flint residents working to dismantle systemic and institutional racism.

Erin Powell: MSU Extension Dietitian
Erin Powell is a registered dietitian and Michigan State University Extension educator based in Flint. She has been actively involved in the water crisis by responding to community partner needs related to nutrition and lead. Erin received her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Ohio State University. She completed her master’s degree in nutrition and dietetic internship at Kent State University where she created and started a backpack food and nutrition program for low-income students.

Deanna East: MSU Extension Associate Director for Health and Nutrition
Deanna East is currently serving as the Associate Director for Michigan State University Extension’s Health and Nutrition Institute. She worked with staff based in Genesee County to coordinate outreach efforts and with other organizations inside and outside of Flint that wanted to help but didn’t have the local connections or infrastructure of MSU Extension. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Bachelor of Arts in Education, and a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Development. She is also currently working on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.