Awarded play on way

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 23, 2019

A TONY award-winning play will be performed in Albany next year and auditions are coming up in less than a month.

Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company’s Airell Hodgkinson will direct Urinetown, a broadway musical that mocks bureaucracy, multinational corporations, social media and musicals.

Hodgkinson explained that despite its name, Urinetown in fact had very little toilet humour.

“It’s a political satire,” he said.

“It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where the city has been in drought for 20 years and there’s mass water restrictions – you have to pay to pee.

“It’s a very vibrant show and all the characters are a bit wacky.”

Hodgkinson said there were lots of speaking and solo roles in the play appropriate for all ages and genders.

The music is “fun and funky” and the overall vibe of the show is “something a bit different”.

“I like shows that are a little left of centre,” Hodgkinson said.

“The arts should challenge people, in my opinion, and this show gets people thinking and talking.

“And there’s a beautiful love story in the middle of all the loonies.”

An information night for Urinetown will be held at the Albany Port Theatre on December 11 at 7pm followed by auditions on December 14 and 15.

The cast and crew will break over Christmas and return for rehearsals in late January, ahead of a show season in April and May.