Urinetown, The Musical by Greg Kotis

Richard Cowden, Guest Director

A sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

From New York City’s Fringe Festival to Broadway hit, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards.

Joining us as guest director is Richard Cowden, the coordinator of Graduate Programs in Arts Administration at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont. He was the former coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Advising at Metropolitan State University of Denver and artistic director of Denver’s Edge Theatre Company. We are excited to welcome Mr. Cowden back to Colorado.

Read the Urinetown Program


  • Urinetown the Musical 2018 production photo
    Colorado State University Theatre presents Urinetown the Musical, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, directed by Richard R. Cowden. Cast Members: Jacob Bielmaier, Taylor Brotherton, Bradley Calahan, Bradford Camp, Jake Cuddemi, Ethan Durant-Childress, Rocky Eisentraut, Sydney Fleishman, Elijah Flores Sandoval, Bruce Gammonley, Elise Hillbrand, Daniel Isaacs, Kaitlin Kennedy, Kalie Lanik, Karlie Murray, Charlotte Nickell, Zack Rickert, Yasmin Sethna, Ryan Wilke-Braun, and Kathleen Wright

Schedule & Tickets

Nightly at 7:30 pmMatinees at 2:00 pm
Cost: No charge/CSU students, $8/youth (under 18), $16/senior (62+), $18/adult

Organizer: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603

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