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Courtesy Photo: The Ferrum College theatre and music departments will present the musical “Urinetown” on April 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Ferrum College theatre and music departments will present the musical "Urinetown" in Sale Theatre on April 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

The idea for "Urinetown" originally came to writer Greg Kotis while he was taking an unexpected European backpacking trip in the late winter and early spring of 1995. He soon ran out of money and was faced with the reality that public bathrooms in Europe are pay-per-use. This sudden predicament started the wheels turning.

When Kotis returned to the United States and moved to New York City, he approached musician and lyricist Mark Hollmann with his idea, and the two ran with it, though they did not think their personal project would succeed publicly.

After a run at the 1999 Fringe Festival and an Off-Broadway Opening on May 6, 2001, "Urinetown" opened on Broadway on Sept. 20, 2001, and ran through Jan. 18, 2004.

Ten Tony Award Nominations and three Tony Awards later (Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Musical Score and Best Direction of a Musical), "Urinetown" made the transition to Broadway successfully with its unique sensibility intact and in many ways refreshed the big-budget Broadway musical giving this genre continuing "hope."

"Urinetown" is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

General admission for the Ferrum performance is $6 for children and seniors, and $7 for adults. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted on behalf of the St. James Food Bank.

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