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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Molly Caballero (Little Sally), CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Molly Caballero (Little Sally), "Urinetown," Civic Theatre, May 2, 3, 8 - 10, 15 - 18

Tony-winning musical closes season at Civic Theatre

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Civic Theatre presents the finale to its 2013 - '14 main stage season with the irreverent, laugh-out-loud Tony-winning musical, "Urinetown," May 2, 3, 8 - 10, 15 - 18 with performances at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. May 18, Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

"Urinetown," inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht, spares nothing with its irreverent humor and sharp wit.

In a Gotham-like city, a water shortage caused by a 20-year draught has led to a government ban on private toilets. Mr. Cladwell rules a single monopolistic corporation, UGC, which charges the city's citizens exorbitant prices to use public amenities.

Young Bobby Strong, a lowly restroom attendant, incites an uprising against the Cladwell Empire, only to fall in love with his daughter, Hope.

The show, which won 2002 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score, has been hailed as one of the most original musicals of the last 20 years.

Music is by Mark Hollman. The book is by Greg Kotis. Lyrics are by Hollman and Kotis.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directs and choreographs the musical. The musical features an onstage band under the direction of Justin Brehm. Deena Linn is co-choreographer. Set design is by Jason Sherwood. Will Morris is costume and lighting designer. Wig and hair design is by Kim Danish. Emily Heller is production stage manager, assisted by Jillian Hutton.

The cast includes Officer Lockstock (Will Morris), Little Sally (Molly Caballero), Penelope Pennywise (Tracy Ceschin), Bobby Strong (Brent Schlosshauer), Hope Cladwell (Morgan Reilly) and Caldwell B. Cladwell (Kirk Lawrence-Howard).

Tickets: CivicTheatre.com, 610-432-8943