Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

November 8, 2012

Andover High to take plunge into musical satire

It doesn’t sound like a place anyone would want to visit, but for more than a decade audiences have been glad they came to see it.

It’s “Urinetown,” which Andover High School will produce for its fall musical.

The Tony-winning satirical musical will be presented by Andover High School’s Drama Guild at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts, on the right side of Andover High School. There will be four performances: Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. each evening and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online at ticketpeak.com/ahs, at the door, or by calling the box office at 978-623-8666.

The comedy musical satirizes the courts, big business and capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy and municipal politics, according to a release. The show also parodies the Broadway musical itself including specific high profile shows such as Les Misérables.

Urinetown debuted in 2001, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three. Two main characters, Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell, were both included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre,” according to a release from those involved with the Andover High production.

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