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28 April 2004 @ 07:19 am
Saw Urinetown last night  
If you get a chance, SEE IT. Trust me. I've never seen a more enjoyable musical about love, social oppresion, and urination.

Plus it pokes fun at just about every musical out there, up to and including Les Mis.


Oh, and I didn't realize until I got there, but the guy who cowrote the book and music is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, most famous for their play "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" - which, in turn, is famous among those I know for it's segment that was later turned into an animation entitled "Bingo." This explains a lot, including the surreality and tongue-in-cheek humor in which the play makes fun of itself.

Just go see it already. It's playing at the OCPAC for the moment, and looks like it'll hit Los Angeles in a couple of weeks.
 
 
 
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on April 28th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen the tour, but I was fortunate enough to see it on Broadway last year. I've either heard of people who really love it, or really hate it - Mark & I loved it, but a few people didn't. My only regret was that Jeff McCarthy was out the day we saw it... But Hunter and John Cullum were just amazing to see that it almost made up for it. :)
Idtechnomonkey on April 29th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
Heh.
My parents got to see it on Broadway as well, and weren't impressed. They told me that it was pretty much what was on the CD.

Needless to say, now that I've seen it, I disagree quite a bit.



Side notes that you would appreciate and few others would:
1: We're seeing Misty in Jekyll & Hyde on Sunday! Woohoo!

2: In the same season in which we saw Urinetown last night, we're gonna get to see Thoroughly Modern Millie later in the year. Shame we won't see Kevin, but you take what you can get, I suppose... =)
Sheri: Stephanie & Kate Monstershutterbug93 on April 29th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
Re: Heh.
It was actually Kevin who told me that his Mom walked out during the intermission of "Urinetown" - so that's interesting that Linda didn't care for it too much.

Yay for you seeing Misty at South Bay! :) Lucky you! It's not my favorite musical - but I haven't seen Misty on stage since... Gah! "Anyone Can Whistle!" :( And I haven't updated her site in eons - I feel bad... :P

And I think you'll enjoy the tour of Millie - Diana is spectacular (or so I've heard) as Miss Dorothy, and Sean Allan Krill's no Kevin, but I heard he's a very good Graydon too. Too bad Matt left the cast - I'd love to see his Jimmy!

Seen any other great shows in LA? I miss LA theatre so much! :(
fuzzygondolfuzzygondol on April 28th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
noooooooo! not bingo! bingo the clowno?!?! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Idtechnomonkey on April 29th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
OK, I can stop the timer now.
I knew it would only be a matter of time before you posted that. =)

This play is a little disturbing if you choose to think along the right terms (they flat out tell the audience that their way of life is unsustainable, but it's done tongue in cheek so the audience can choose to ignore it if they want) - but for the most part, it's just plain fun. No freaky clowns here. =)
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on April 29th, 2004 01:24 am (UTC)
I've never seen a more enjoyable musical about love, social oppresion, and urination.

There are more out there? That first sentence is ... weird.

But being that you're my theater guru, I'll believe you.
Idtechnomonkey on April 29th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
Not that I know of.
But it was a fun statement, wasn't it? =)
blasphemousity on May 10th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
OMG I loved that play!!!! If you're still in NY, you need to see Wicked also.... Miss you so much. Hope you're doing well. -Carla
Idtechnomonkey on May 10th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC)
Miscommunication
OCPAC is the Orange County Performing Arts Center. I saw the touring production.

Heard good things about Wicked, though. If it comes out here I'll try to catch it...