Excitement is building for the opening next weekend of Edgemont’s production of “URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL.”

Don’t let the title fool you. This edgy musical is one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud musical comedies known to musical theater. The show tells the story of a world plagued by drought that has caused a worldwide water shortage, thereby making private plumbing completely unthinkable. Citizens must now pay to use public bathrooms, and if they don’t, they’re taken away to a mysterious place called “Urinetown.”

This musical, which originally ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2004, satirizes corruption, the legal system, police brutality, and ironically, several other musicals. While the subject matter may be inappropriate for younger elementary school students, we encourage everyone else to come out and see what is sure to be one of the funniest musicals ever performed on the Edgemont stage.

And in a departure from past practice in which faculty members directed the show, this year’s production is directed and choreographed by musical theater lyricist/composer Danny Bernstein, EHS class of 2010.  Mr. Bernstein is a 2014 summa cum laude graduate of Cornell, where he was named “2013-14 artist of the year” for his original full length musical “Far From Canterbury.” He is currently a lyricist/composer with the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in Manhattan and a music director with Playgroup Theater in White Plains.

Urinetown will be performed at Edgemont High School (presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International) on March 5-7, 2015.   Shows begin each night at 7:00pm, and the matinee performance on March 7 starts at 1:00pm.  Tickets are $15, except for the opening night performance, which is $20 (half of which benefits the Edgemont Scholarship Council).  Email tickets@ehs.edgemont.org  for information on purchasing advance tickets.

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